Houston-based Landry’s is making a play for the company that owns Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern & Tap.
Ignite Restaurant Group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this month “in order to facilitate a sale” of Joe’s and Brick House.
Landry’s, the legendary area company owned by Tilman Fertitta, operates more than 50 brands including Landry’s, McCormick & Schmick’s and Morton’s The Steakhouse.
Landry’s $55 million offer is not the only one on the table. KRG Acquisitions Co., an affiliate of Kelly Cos., a San Diego, California-based equity group, has made an offer to Ignite for $50 million — all cash.
A hearing to schedule an auction, and to stave off the all-out bidding war between the two companies, is scheduled for later this month.