Hunton & Williams Aids Darden's $585M Yard House Eatery Buy

Law360, New York (July 13, 2012, 12:35 PM EDT) -- Darden Restaurants Inc., owner of the Olive Garden and Red Lobster chains, will fork over $585 million to add Yard House USA's namesake chain to its specialty dining repertoire, the company said late Thursday.

The proposed all-cash deal will transfer ownership of the 39-location Yard House franchise from consumer-focused San Francisco private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners LLC, padding Darden's existing specialty restaurant group with what it calls a strong potential growth driver.

Across its restaurants, which are spread between 13 states, Yard House posts an...
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