Denihan Hospitality Group is a family-owned American hotel and hotel management company based in New York City. Founded in 1963 by Benjamin J. Denihan, Jr., the company is now led by siblings and Co-CEOs Patrick Denihan and Brooke Barrett. DHG is the owner of the Affinia and The James hotel brands, as well as three independent properties: The Benjamin, The Surrey, and The Carlton. The company has plans to open The James Los Angeles - West Hollywood in 2016. In 1927, Irish immigrant Benjamin Denihan, who had arrived in the United States several years earlier, opened a dry cleaning storefront in Manhattan. In just over a decade, the business had become one of the largest and most exclusive dry cleaners in New York. Ownership eventually passed to Denihan’s son, Benjamin J. ‘Bud’ Denihan, Jr. During World War II, as the Denihan men were sent off to fight, the women in the family took over the business and were able to keep it afloat by obtaining contracts for cleaning military uniforms.