An interior shot of Smith & Wollensky’s restaurant in London, its only international property

The Irish owners of the well-known Smith & Wollensky chain of American steakhouses have opened a new restaurants in the suburbs of Boston and plan(...)

Mark O’Halloran and Pat Shortt. Photographs: Alan Betson and Brian McEvoy

When did you last cry? Mark: I’m a great person for crying at films, I have to say. Pat: Yeah Mark: I love when that happens because it means you’r(...)

Cafe en Seine pub on Dawson Street in Dublin, part of the Mercantile group. A €3m revamp of the “super-pub” is planned for next year, subject to planning permission. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Investment group Danu Partners is in talks to sell its minority stake in the Mercantile pub group to its Irish-US co-investors, according to sources. (...)

Smith & Wollensky’s restaurant in Miami Beach, Florida.

Danu Partners, the investor backed by Setanta Sports founders Michael O’Rourke and Leonard Ryan, has bought US restaurant chain, Smith & Wollensky(...)

Cafe en-Seine on Dawson Street in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Two of the country’s largest hospitality groups, which between them own landmark pubs such as Cafe en Seine and Whelan’s, are to join forces in a mult(...)

The George pub on South Great Georges Street in  Dublin is part of the Danu portfolio. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

“Oi . . . you rock!” exclaims operations director Nathan Evans to kitchen staff at the end of the launch night of the Smith & Wollensky steakhouse(...)

Warren Buffett: expensive lunch guest. Photograph:   Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

A Chinese company that develops online games bid more than €2 million for what must be the most expensive Buffet lunch in history. Zhu Ye, head of Be(...)