Brinker International

Brinker International

company_name = Brinker International, Inc.
parent =
company_type = Public (Nyse|EAT)
company_slogan =
foundation = Chili's - 1975 in Dallas, Texas BII
founder = Larry Lavine (Chili's)
location = 6820 LBJ Fwy., Ste. 200 Dallas, TX 75240
key_people = Norman E. Brinker Nancy Brinker Douglas H. Brooks (CEO) Charles M. Sonsteby (CFO) Michael B. Webberman (EVP)
industry = Restaurant
num_employees = 113,900 (2007)
revenue = profit $4.3769 billion USD (2007)
profit = profit $ million USD (2007)
net_income = profit $230.1 million USD (2007)
operating_income = profit $344.3 million USD (2007)
homepage = []

Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE|EAT) is the parent company of 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= |title=Brinker International, Inc. |author=Matthew Saucedo | |date= |accessdate=2004-11-15] cite web |url= |title=Darden Restaurants, Inc. |author= Joe Bramhall |publisher=Hoover's |date= |accessdate=2007-11-14]

Norman Brinker was married to Ambassador Nancy Brinker who also helped found the company as well as Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Komen Race for the Cure.


It was founded in 1975 as Chili's Bar and Grill, purchased by restaurateur Norman E. Brinker and Nancy Brinker in 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= |title=Brinker International: Information and Much More | |date= |accessdate=2007-11-15]

Key Dates

* 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


ee also

* Darden Restaurants
* Applebee's
* OSI Restaurant Partners

External links

* [ Maggiano's Little Italy Website]
* [ Norman Brinker profile]

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