Not really "good news", I'm really no fan of the Fertitta Empire. Back in March, Landry's (Fertittaville) offered Mc &Smick $9.25/share or $137 million for the restaurant chain. That buys 80 restaurants in 26 states with an estimated $300 million annual net revenue (per the Houston Chronicle). SOOO, chain, chain, chain......of dining fools. I know there are smallish towns where just such chains are considered the nicest place to dine (I was reared near one). I know, there are Landry/Fertitta groupies out there. I'm not one of them.
Oh well, we should all "SLGT" and find the small restauranteur in the little, unique and un-franchised joint and give him or her the business. Occupy Food Street, refuse the megalomonsters - eat local, or watch local businesses die.