Tilman J. Fertitta




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Billion Dollar Buyer Tilman Fertitta Acquires Half of EMM Group With Plans to Expand Globally


Tilman J. Fertitta, The Billion Dollar Buyer and America’s largest individual restaurateur, has acquired fifty percent (50%) ownership of the famous restaurant group, the 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 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.

“Mark and Eugene are the dynamic duo and have an unbridled energy and passion for success,” said Tilman Fertitta. “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.


Tilman Fertita recieves a Rockets Jersey with his name on it.