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Landry's Restaurants OKs $1.2B Acquisition Offer

MICHELLE CHAPMAN

NEW YORK (AP) ¿ The chairman and CEO of Landry's Restaurants Inc. finally got what he was after Tuesday, as the restaurant owner's board approved his $1.2 billion all-cash offer to buy the company.

Tilman J. Fertitta, also Landry's president, controls more than half of its shares, but coming up with the right formula to get the rest took a while.

Fertitta will pay $14.75 per share in cash for it ¿ a 37 percent premium over Monday's closing price of $10.76. He owned about 55.1 percent of Landry's outstanding shares as of Monday.

The news sent shares of Landry's, which owns the Rainforest Cafe chain and other restaurants, surging $2.93, or 27.2 percent, to close at $13.69. The stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $13.99 earlier Tuesday.

In an August bid, Fertitta would have given other Landry stockholders shares of Landry's Saltgrass Inc. The company rejected that proposal as inadequate. Fertitta had shelved a similar privatization bid he made in 2008, offering $13.50 per share.

Landry's, the nation's second-largest operator of seafood restaurants behind Red Lobster owner Darden Restaurants Inc., also owns Charley's Crab, Landry's Seafood House and The Chart House. Its non-seafood restaurants include Vic & Anthony's and the Pizza Oven.

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