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Brinker International, Inc.
Type Public (NYSEEAT)
Founded Chili's - 1975 in Dallas, Texas
Founder(s) Larry Lavine (Chili's)
Headquarters 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
Revenue $4.3769 billion USD (2007)[1]
Operating income $344.3 million USD (2007)[1]
Net income $230.1 million USD (2007)[1]
Employees 113,900 (2007)[1]

Brinker International, Inc. (NYSEEAT) is the parent company of Chili's, On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina, Maggiano's Little Italy, and Romano's Macaroni Grill. It is the largest casual-dining restaurant operator in terms of revenue, and second largest in terms of locations behind Darden Restaurants, with more than 1,900 restaurant locations in 25 countries.[1][2]



It was founded in 1975 as Chili's Bar and Grill, purchased by restaurateur Norman E. Brinker in 1983 and rechristened Brinker International in 1990; it now has more than 1,900 restaurants worldwide with 100,000 employees and system-wide sales exceeding $4 billion annually. Based in Dallas, Texas, it is one of the largest employers based in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.[3]


Key Dates

  • 1975: Larry Lavine opens first Chili's Grill & Bar in Dallas, Texas.[3]
  • 1983: Norman Brinker takes over Chili's restaurant chain.[3]
  • 1988: First Romano's Macaroni Grill opens in Leon Springs, Texas.[3]
  • 1991: Chili's is renamed Brinker International, Inc.[3]
  • 1992: Brinker reaches an agreement with Pac-Am Food Concepts to expand Chili's franchise to the Far East.[3]
  • 1995: Brinker establishes a strategic partnership with Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises.[3]
  • 2000: Norman Brinker steps down as company chairman.[3]
  • 2005: Company announces international expansion plans.[3]


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


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