Hanson, Now Inside Starwood, to Start Gobbling Other Restaurant Groups



My, Steve, what big teeth you have!Photo: Patrick McMullan


You didnt think that Starwood Capitals 50 percent purchase of B.R. Guest Restaurant Group (a story we broke here, as it happens) was the end of their plans, did you? In business as in evolution, bigness begets bigness, and now word comes, via this weeks issue of Crains, that a new group inside Starwood will go on a restaurant-group shopping spree. Hanson is said to already be sending candy and flowers to fellow moguls from coast to coast. But his, and Starwoods criteria, are very clear: Any business [Hanson] considers must be a chef-driven operation that owns multiple eateries and brings in revenues of at least $30 million, the report says. The Craft empire is mentioned in passing as a possible target, and its ruler, Tom Colicchio, says he would listen if Hanson came calling. With the kind of cash Starwood commands, who wouldnt? Money talks, and independent operations tend to walk.

B.R. Guest to acquire other restaurant groups [Crain's]

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