The ONE Group Announces Agreement to Open STK Restaurant in Doha, Qatar in The Ritz-Carlton, Doha

STK Doha joins the company’s three additional locations currently under development in the Middle East

The ONE Group Partners with Katara Hospitality

NEW YORK--()--The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. (“The ONE Group”) (Nasdaq:STKS) today announced that the Company has signed a licensing agreement to open STK Doha in partnership with Katara Hospitality.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Katara Hospitality, and to be building our presence in the Middle East with our fourth licensing deal in the region”

STK Doha will be located on the top floor of the city’s newly renovated Ritz-Carlton hotel, overlooking the Arabian Gulf and featuring exceptional city views. The restaurant is expected to have seating for 150 guests, and will feature STK's classic menu along with the brand’s signature décor.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Katara Hospitality, and to be building our presence in the Middle East with our fourth licensing deal in the region,” said Jonathan Segal, CEO, The ONE Group. “As our first Ritz-Carlton location, STK Doha will retain the elegant, vibe dining experience that our customers have come to know and love.”

Katara Hospitality is a global hotel owner, developer and operator, based in Qatar. With more than 45 years’ experience in the industry, the company’s portfolio has grown to include 34 owned and/or managed hotels in 12 countries across three continents.

This marks the company’s sixth overall licensing deal reinforcing The ONE Group’s current growth strategy to increase expansion through licensing and management deals.

About The ONE Group

The ONE Group (NASDAQ:STKS) is a global hospitality company that develops and operates upscale, high-energy restaurants and lounges and provides hospitality management services for hotels, casinos and other high-end venues both nationally and internationally. The ONE Group’s primary restaurant brand is STK, a modern twist on the American steakhouse concept with locations in major metropolitan cities throughout the U.S. and Europe. ONE Hospitality, The ONE Group’s food and beverage hospitality services business, provides the development, management and operations for premier restaurants and turn-key food and beverage services within high-end hotels and casinos. Additional information about The ONE Group can be found at www.togrp.com.

About Katara Hospitality

Katara Hospitality is the leading hotel owner, developer and operator, based in Qatar. With more than 45 years’ experience in the industry, Katara Hospitality actively pursues its strategic expansion plans by investing in peerless hotels in Qatar while growing its collection of iconic properties in key international markets. Katara Hospitality’s portfolio has grown to include 34 owned and / or managed hotels and the company is now focused on achieving its target of 60 hotels in its portfolio by 2026. As the country’s flagship hospitality organization, Katara Hospitality supports Qatar’s long term economic vision.

Katara Hospitality currently owns properties spread across three continents in Qatar, Egypt, Morocco, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Singapore and Thailand. While it partners with some of the finest hotel management companies, Katara Hospitality operates owned and non-owned hotels through its standalone operating arm, Murwab Hotel Group.

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Investors are referred to the most recent reports filed with the SEC by The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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