Leonard Ryan

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Danu Partners has created a new holding company, PPX Hospitality Brands, to oversee its growing business

The Irish owner of the well-known Smith & Wollensky chain of American steakhouses is expanding its business in the US with a recent deal to acquir(...)

Insulating your house will make a huge difference when it comes to keeping your home cosy

The clocks have been turned back and there’s no denying that it’s officially wintertime. At this stage most of us will have turned the heating on and (...)

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(...)

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. (...)

Up to €3 million will be spent on a major upgrade of Cafe en Seine on Dawson Street in Dublin. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Mercantile hospitality group behind top Dublin nightspots such as Cafe en Seine and the George is lining up a €20 million investment programme, af(...)

Camile Thai restaurant on Pearse Street, Dublin. Its owner Brody Sweeney is expanding into the UK market. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Cast your mind back a decade ago, to the tail end of the wretched Celtic Tiger. Although hell was around the corner, nobody knew it yet. The boom was (...)

Frank Gleeson: embroiled in legal action with EMI-MR, a company linked to his US-based co-investors in Mercantile, Michael Breslin and Maurice Regan

Whelan’s publican Frank Gleeson is expected on Monday to try and widen his dispute with his co-investors in the Mercantile group by accusing them of “(...)

Café en Seine on Dawson Street: one of the Mercantile Entertainment Group’s many well-known establishments in Dublin, along with the Mercantile Bar and Hotel, The George and Whelan’s on Wexford Street. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A claim that the former chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank, David Drumm, was last year proposed for the job of finance director of one of Dublin’s la(...)

Café en Seine on Dawson Street, Dublin
Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The formal divorce is still being negotiated, but it appears the marriage between Frank Gleeson’s Mercantile pubs group and Capital Bars, backed by t(...)

The Howl at the  Moon pub on Mount Street in Dublin

The Mercantile hospitality group has sold well-known Dublin city outlet, Howl at the Moon, to its bigger rival Press Up Entertainment, for a price und(...)

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