In the Benihana deal, a sign of the restaurant M&A times

The Bottom Line: The venerable Japanese steakhouse chain fetched a modest multiple in its sale to The One Group. But that’s where values have fallen these days.


Benihana deal makes The One Group one to watch in full-service dining

Acquiring the 86-unit teppanyaki chain will make the owner of STK and Kona Grill a $1 billion company. And it's just the beginning of an ambitious long-term growth plan.

The deal for Safflower Holdings, which also includes the RA Sushi brand, will nearly triple One’s footprint to 168 locations worldwide.

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The Bottom Line: Benihana is apparently on the market, according to reports, helping to signal that the market for restaurants is improving.

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The longtime Morton's exec will oversee the company's three Japanese brands.

A hibachi steakhouse chain offering Japanese fare prepared exhibition-style at guests' tables

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