Morton’s Restaurant Group is being sold to an affiliate of Landry’s Inc., according to the Baltimore Business Journal. The Chicago-based Morton’s has two Maryland restaurants: one at the Sheraton Inner Harbor and another in Bethesda.
The Chicago Tribune reported today that the affiliate plans to revamp Morton’s and introduce new items to the menu. The transaction is expected to close in early February 2012, the paper said.
In another recent transaction, Landry’s agreed to buy McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant chain, the BBJ reported. McCormick & Schmick’s has four Maryland locations, including one at the Inner Harbor.
Landry’s owns Rainforest Cafe and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Bubba Gump is planning to open a restaurant in May 2012 in the Harborplace spot vacated by Phillips Seafood.
I’m not sure how all this shakes down for the chain restaurants here. I’ll be keeping track of any changes.
Photo of Morton’s double cut filet, courtesy of Morton’s The Steakhouse’s website