Houlihan’s Restaurant and Bar, usually referred to as simply Houlihan’s, was founded in 1972 in Kansas City, Kansas, by Paul Robinson and Joe Gilbert. The company operates a chain of casual restaurants, most of them with full bars, across the US.
As of 2015, the company had 84 restaurants in 18 states, with approximately 60 percent of these being franchised operations. Since 2006, a private equity firm, Goldner Hawn Johnson Morrison, has held a majority ownership stake in the restaurant chain. The company has said that they are looking to expand the number of locations in 2017.
Houlihan’s Restaurant offers a wide variety of food, including center cut steaks, flat bread pizzas, salads, hamburgers and wraps. Bars serve wine, wings, and “Small Bites” appetizers that often win local “Happy Hour” awards.