Smith & Wollensky Owners Weigh Up Dublin Plans

By Steve Wynne-Jones
Smith & Wollensky Owners Weigh Up Dublin Plans

The Irish owners of Smith & Wollensky are planning to bring the famous steakhouse chain to Dublin.

Danu Partners, which acquired the chain of seven restaurants in the US and UK earlier this month, announced it plans to bring a smaller version of the restaurant to Dublin, as well as a second location in London.

Originally opened in 1977 by TGI Friday's owner Alan Stillman, Smith & Wollensky is one of the country's most well-known steakhouses, where steaks go for around the $50 mark.

Danu Partners, the founders of Setanta Sports, bought the seven-strong chain which has locations in Chicago, Ohio, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami and London. The original New York outlet (pictured) was excluded from the deal.

The Irish company, backed by Michael O'Rourke and Leonard Ryan, announced it will open a number of new restaurants in the US and worldwide, the Irish Independent reports.

Danu Partners has a large stake in the hospitality sector in Ireland, investing in the €40 million-valued Mercantile Group, which announced its expansion plan recently.