The NYT reported on Sun. that Dunkin was in talks with Inspire, for a potential deal which could value it about $8.8bn. Roark Cap. backed Inspire also owns Sonic drive-in chain, Arby’s and Buffalo Wild Wings. It has over 11,000 restaurants with over $14bn in sales. However Dunkin operates on a asset-light, all-franchised model which would add 21,000 locations globally and about $12bn in sales.