Boston, Massachusetts-based restaurant chain Legal Sea Foods is being sold to the Massachusetts-based PPX Hospitality Group, a subsidiary of the Irish investment firm Danu Partners.

Roger Berkowitz, CEO of Legal Sea Foods, announced Tuesday the sale of its 25 plus restaurants to PPX Hospitality Brands, a Boston-based hospitality group.

The sale also includes the purchase of Legal’s Quality Control Center (QCC) located in Boston’s Seaport. The deal will take effect immediately.

PPX now will own and operate all restaurant concepts under the Legal Sea Foods banner, including airport locations.

Berkowitz will retain exclusive ownership rights of the Legal Sea Foods name for his online business, which sells seafood (fresh and prepared), chowder, tee shirts, cooking equipment, gift cards, and more.

Both companies will operate separately, but in a complementary fashion, to further expand the brand.

PPX adds Legal Sea Foods to its lineup that includes Smith & Wollensky and Strega Italiano