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acquired the Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, Inc. (SWRG) from Boston-based private equity firm Bunker Hill Capital, is said to be considering the sale of a stake in the restaurant chain, according to the Sunday Independent. Danu Investment Partners ltd. is an investment holding company based in Dublin, Ireland. The firm was founded in 2009 and has made investments across a broad range of business sectors, with a strong focus on the hospitality sector. The firm is owned by Michael O’Rourke, Leonard Ryan and Mark O’Meara. Danu now has world-wide licensing rights to the Smith & Wollensky brand. Danu now owns seven of the eight US locations, including Boston, Chicago, Miami and Las Vegas, as well as Smith & Wollensky London, which it opened under license from SWRG in June 2015. “We’ve been huge admirers of this iconic brand for decades, having hosted a great number of business dinners cutting into S&W steak,” said Danu’s Leonard Ryan in March. “It has incredible equity and enormous potential internationally. And there is still significant untapped potential in the US for S&W and the emerging Wollensky’s Grill concept. We see big opportunities for growth all around.” Showcasing two full bars, two main dining areas, a full butcher shop and dry-aging room on-site, Danu invested heavily in this international, contemporary interpretation of the classic American steakhouse. Similar investment, detail and styling is planned for several of the existing US restaurants, elevating the dining experience to mirror that of the more recent openings and remodels, including the Chicago renovation and launch of the Wollensky’s Grill concept. The New York Smith & Wollensky, established in 1977, remains under the ownership of its original founder, Alan Stillman and Quality Branded Restaurant Group. Headquartered in Boston, Mass., Smith & Wollensky is a leading operator of high-end, high-volume steakhouses located in major cities across the United States. Smith & Wollensky is one of the few national steakhouses that dry-ages and hand-butchers USDA Prime beef on premise to ensure unparalleled quality, tender texture and outstanding flavor. Each restaurant offers distinctive high quality food, creative menus, an extensive wine selection and exceptional customer service accompanied by attractive design and décor. The company’s seven restaurants are located in Miami Beach, Chicago, Las Vegas, Columbus, Houston and two locations in Boston (Atlantic Wharf and Back Bay). Bunker Hill had previously taken over the Smith & Wollensky group in a $95 million buyout in partnership with Patina Restaurant Group, in 2007.]]>