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A rib eye at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House. Photo: Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images

L Catterton agreed to buy Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group for approximately $650 million in cash, or $8 per share.

Why it matters: This reflects how private equity passes around high-end steakhouses like they're a side of lobster mac and cheese.

  • Del Frisco's was once owned by Lone Star. L Catterton once backed the parent company of Fleming's. BRSR owned Ruth's Chris. Both Bunker Hill Capital and TH Lee held Smith & Wollensky. And so on.

Price talk: This is a 22% premium to where Del Frisco's was trading before announcing last December that it would explore strategic alternatives. The deal value is just a slight increase over the $629 million that Lone Stars Funds paid to buy Del Frisco's 13 years ago.

The bottom line: "Del Frisco's has been on the market for much of the year, pushed by activist investors that have soured on the company's performance, particularly since Del Frisco's used debt to pay $325 million for Barteca Restaurant Group, the owner of Barcelona and Bartaco.... The company operates 78 restaurants in its various brands and first-quarter same-store sales rose 1.3% at all of its brands," writes Restaurant Business' Jonathan Maze.

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Trump impeachment trial to start week of Feb. 8, Schumer says

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: The Washington Post via Getty

The Senate will begin former President Trump's impeachment trial the week of Feb. 8, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday on the Senate floor.

The state of play: Schumer announced the schedule after reaching an agreement with Republicans. The House will transmit the article of impeachment against the former president late Monday.

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CDC extends interval between COVID vaccine doses for exceptional cases

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Patients can space out the two doses of the coronavirus vaccine by up to six weeks if it’s "not feasible" to follow the shorter recommended window, according to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention.

Driving the news: With the prospect of vaccine shortages and a low likelihood that supply will expand before April, the latest changes could provide a path to vaccinate more Americans — a top priority for President Biden.