EMM Group Founders Eugene Remm, Mark Birnbaum and Michael Hirtenstein Announce a New Partnership with Hospitality Mogul Tilman J. Fertitta

NEW YORK, June 13, 2017 — Leading New York City based hospitality group, EMM Group, responsible for the most dynamic and popular restaurants including CATCH and Lexington Brass located across New York, Los Angeles, Playa del Carmen and Dubai, is pleased to announce that Tilman J. Fertitta, The Billion Dollar Buyer and America’s largest individual restaurateur, has acquired fifty percent (50%) ownership of the famous restaurant group. 

EMM Founders, Eugene Remm and Mark Birnbaum along with business partner Michael Hirtenstein, created the most sought-after reservations in the industry with restaurants that uniquely combine delicious food, exceptional service and great vibes for a world class culinary experience. “We couldn’t be more excited for Tilman to join our group.  Having access to Tilman and his team will allow Mark and I to focus more on operations and provides us with ample capital to grow CATCH,” says Eugene Remm.

According to Tilman Fertitta, “Mark and Eugene are the dynamic duo and have an unbridled energy and passion for success.  They understand today’s millennials and know how to operate restaurants and drive traffic.  I am thrilled to now be an owner of CATCH.  No changes whatsoever are planned for operations.  I am here to provide guidance and help fund future growth of the brand.”

EMM Group has evolved tremendously over the last eleven years with properties that set trends and attract Hollywood elite including A-listers David Beckham, Drake, Jennifer Lopez, Sylvester Stallone, Kim Kardashian and more.  Now backed by restaurant magnate Fertitta, EMM Group is set up for an unparalleled expansion globally.

“We have all been friends for years and look forward to growing EMM and the CATCH brand around the world starting with London, Las Vegas and Midtown NY. We have a lot to learn from Tilman and are ecstatic to have him as our new partner,” says Mark Birnbaum.

Fertitta, who just recently purchased BR Guest, has both revenues and assets of over $3.4 billion operating more than 500 properties (Mastro’s, Morton’s and Golden Nugget Hotels & Casinos) in 34 states and owns a number of international locations.

About EMM Group
Restaurant and nightlife veterans Eugene Remm and Mark Birnbaum founded EMM Group in 2006 and have since built it into one of the country’s most successful and multi-faceted hospitality management companies. Identifying a need for establishments that offer multiple experiences within the same property, EMM Group has introduced synergy between restaurants and nightlife, opening venues in numerous markets that create seamless transitions between dining and entertainment. Today, EMM Group owns and operates a diversified portfolio of properties that includes refined American bistro Lexington Brass (2011) and multiple outposts of the globally influenced, seafood-centric CATCH (2011), where they continue to pioneer multi-faceted hospitality experiences while shifting focus to the ongoing domestic and international expansion of the brand.  With its multi-level flagship located in the heart of New York City’s Meatpacking District, current CATCH outposts include Dubai, Playa del Carmen and Los Angeles, where the 12,000-square foot rooftop restaurant opened September 2016.

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