- Brinker International
company_name = Brinker International, Inc.
company_type = Public (Nyse|EAT)
foundation = Chili's - 1975 in
founder = Larry Lavine (Chili's)
location = 6820 LBJ Fwy., Ste. 200 Dallas, TX 75240
Norman E. Brinker Nancy BrinkerDouglas H. Brooks ( CEO) Charles M. Sonsteby ( CFO) Michael B. Webberman (EVP)
num_employees = 113,900 (2007)
revenue = profit $4.3769 billion
profit = profit $ million
net_income = profit $230.1 million
operating_income = profit $344.3 million
homepage = [http://www.brinker.com Brinker.com]
Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE|EAT) is the
parent companyof Chili's, On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina, Maggiano's Little Italy, and Romano's Macaroni Grill. While it describes itself as "the premier casual dining restaurant company in the world", it is the largest casual-dining restaurant operator in terms of revenue behind Darden Restaurants, with more than 1,800 restaurant locations in 20 countries.cite web |url=http://www.hoovers.com/brinker/--ID__10330--/free-co-factsheet.xhtml |title=Brinker International, Inc. |author=Matthew Saucedo |publisher=Hovers.com |date= |accessdate=2004-11-15] cite web |url=http://www.hoovers.com/darden/--ID__43598--/free-co-factsheet.xhtml |title=Darden Restaurants, Inc. |author= Joe Bramhall |publisher= Hoover's|date= |accessdate=2007-11-14]
Norman Brinker was married to Ambassador
Nancy Brinkerwho also helped found the company as well as Susan G. Komen for the Cureand Komen Race for the Cure.
It was founded in 1975 as Chili's Bar and Grill, purchased by restaurateur
Norman E. Brinkerand Nancy Brinkerin 1983 and rechristened Brinker International in 1990; it now has over 1,500 restaurants worldwide with 100,000 employees and system-wide sales exceeding $4 billion annually. Based in Dallas, Texas, it is the largest employer based in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex.cite web |url=http://www.answers.com/Brinkers+International?cat=biz-fin |title=Brinker International: Information and Much More |publisher=Answers.com |date= |accessdate=2007-11-15]
* 1975: Larry Lavine opens first Chili's Grill & Bar in Dallas, Texas.
* 1983: Norman Brinker takes over Chili's restaurant chain.
* 1988: First Romano's Macaroni Grill opens in Leon Springs, Texas.
* 1991: Chili's is renamed Brinker International, Inc.
* 1992: Brinker reaches an agreement with Pac-Am Food Concepts to expand Chili's franchise to the Far East.
* 1995: Brinker establishes a strategic partnership with Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises.
* 2000: Norman Brinker steps down as company chairman.
* 2005: Company announces international expansion plans.
Brinker formerly operated
EatZi's, Cozymel’s, Big Bowl Asian Kitchen, Grady's American Grill, Taco Cabana, Rockfish Seafood Grill and Corner Bakery Cafe.
Chili's Grill & Bar
On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina
Maggiano's Little Italy
Romano's Macaroni Grill
OSI Restaurant Partners
* [http://www.maggianos.com Maggiano's Little Italy Website]
* [http://www.academyofachievement.org/honorees/norman_brinker.htm Norman Brinker profile]
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