Brinker International Inc.

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    The Female Bartenders Who Rule Dallas' Cocktail Scene

    It's Drinking Week at City of Ate, which means even more stories than usual about our favorite pastime. Check back for more stories about craft beer, killer bartenders and more. Mustachioed, bowtie-and-fedora-wearing Newsies extras shaking out cocktails is so last year: This is the year of the "lad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    Houston-based Ignite Restaurant Group Buys Romano's Macaroni Grill

    Dallas restaurateur Phil Romano opened the first Macaroni Grill in 1988 and thus began the schooling of waiters around the country on how to write their name upside down. (That was a thing the waiters once did there. Not sure exactly why, but people seemed to like it.) In 1989, just a year after op ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    Chili's To Improve Conditions For Pigs, But They're Not In A Hurry To Do It

    Dallas-based Brinker International has joined a growing list of restaurants that have pledged to improve conditions for pigs in their supply chain. The group owns Chili's, which is responsible for 1,500 casual restaurants known for their baby back ribs. The new policy also applies to Maggiano's and ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 15, 2012
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    March 1, 2012
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    November 30, 2011

    One Day Before Winspear Event, Jamie Foxx Cancels Due to Work on Tarantino Movie

    ​The AT&T Performing Arts Center is about to send out a formal release, but long story short: Jamie Foxx isn't coming to the Winspear Opera House tomorrow night after all. The Terrell native was supposed to take part in the Brinker International Forum, for a Q&A hosted by none other than G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    AT&T PAC Vows to Find "Inspirational" Replacement for Now No-Show Jamie Foxx

    ​Over on Unfair Park I just posted the note that Jamie Foxx's Brinker International Forum appearance at the Winspear, which was scheduled for tomorrow night, is now a no-go. The reason: Something to do with his inability to get away from the set of Django Unchained, the new Quentin Tarantino movie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Really, We Have to Wait a Whole Year Till Modern Family Cast Comes to Brinker Forum?

    Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet will be at the Winspear in April​Mixmaster Merritt has posted the lineup for next season's TITAS performances, which will be spread across the Winspear and Wyly beginning September 1. Here, we bring you the roster for next season's Brinker Inte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Chili Challenge: Tolbert's Restaurant vs. Chili's

    Photo by Steven DoyleHold the baby backs; give us a bowl of red.​Sitting in traffic when it is 105 degrees outside takes a toll on a person's spirit. The heat in Dallas seems worse each year, but we are Texans, and we can handle a little weather. August was just as hot in the 19th century whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Good Godfather! Al Pacino's Bringing a Greatest-Hits One-Man Show to AT&TPAC in November.

    ​Maria May at the AT&T Performing Arts Center just sent over a release announcing the 2010-'11 seasons of the Brinker International Forum, TITAS and JAZZ ROOTS -- quite the trifecta, especially when you look at the roster for the Brinker International Forum. The whole kit, along with the atten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    Norman Brinker, Dead at 78

    Kristina BowmanThe News is reporting that Norman Brinker died this morning while on vacation in Colorado Springs; he turned 78 last Wednesday. Brinker, of course, is the Colorado-born chairman emeritus of Brinker International -- and the man who, in 1984, took Larry Lavine's Chili's concept public; ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    Food For Thought 3.27.09

    "At Brinker, we hold the utmost respect for the litigation system; however, we are disappointed in the jury's decision and plan to appeal. We remain steadfast in our belief of the merits of our case." (a spokeswoman for Brinker International Inc. on a federal jury verdict this week awarding $270,000 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Chewing the Fat: Servers Split $270k Tip Pool

    Think your server deserved a good tip? How 'bout the manager back there chatting up that cute trainee all night? Or the chef who overcooked your burger? The question of who gets a hand on your tip dollars just cost Dallas-based Brinker International a good $270,000. The company behind Chili's and Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    Southwest Airlines Ties FedEx as Seventh Most-Admired Company in ... the World!

    Fortune just posted its list of the World's Most Admired Companies -- at least, admired by the other bidness folks surveyed by the magazine. Five Dallas-based companies made the list of 363, and they are, in alphabetical order: AT&T, Brinker International, Centex, Southwest Airlines and Texas In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    Even in a Lousy Economy, Brinker Finds Someone to Buy Macaroni Grill

    And then there were three. Eleven days after analysts predicted Brinker International would indeed unload Romano's Macaroni Grill despite the lousy credit market, it's happened -- for about $88 million, which doesn't seem like a lot of pasta for a chain with some 220 eateries worldwide (as in, Egypt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    On the Brinker: Taking Stock of Fast Casual, Before the Grill's Closed

    Things haven't been good in the fast-casual dining business for a long while, as the slowdown in the semi-fancy burger biz started well before The Artist Formerly Known as the Economy went into the crapper -- right, Bennigan's? Today, CFO magazine looks to see what's on the menu in coming months -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    A Swanky Replacement: Brooke Shields?

    For the second time in three months, the Brinker International Forum has had to swap out celebrity guests -- once again because of a "scheduling conflict." (Do these people not have calendars? Or assistants with calendars?) After already getting a two-for-one deal in September, when Carl Reiner and ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 20, 2008

    Oh So Swank

    The award-winning actress discusses her roles

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2008

    PETA's Stopping By For a Bite at Brinker Shareholder Shindig Tomorrow

    Chili's Chicken Crispers® are still delicious, unless yer a purple PETA eatah! If you happen to be taking in an early screening of High School Music 3 tomorrow at the Cinemark 17 on Webb Chapel Road, be warned: The theater's also the site of Brinker International's annual shareholders meeting, whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2008
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    September 29, 2008

    Going Dow, Dow, Down: Localizing the Stock Market Plunge

    The Dallas Business Journal's done the dirty work of localizing the effects of the bailout bust: The paper's compiled a list of some dozen Dallas- and Fort Worth-based companies and how far they dropped following the House of Representatives' vote against the $700-billion bailout bill. Not sure who' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2008

    Taking Stock: Not a Good Time for "Fast Casual" or Casual Furniture Biz

    By now you've surely noticed that Friday's stock market gains have been adiosed by today's 372-point drop in the Dow Jones, courtesy frayed nerves over the bailout plan and oil rising by some $16 a barrel. Close to home, some local players suffered major stock plunges -- Brinker International chief ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2008

    Reiner, Short & Brinker: Not a Law Firm, But a Love Fest

    Kristina Bowman Last night's Carl Reiner-Martin Short showdown at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center was all a little boy raised on teevee could dream for, as Reiner recounted the creation of The Dick Van Dyke show and discussed working on Your Show of Shows while Short explained the genesis o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2008

    Free Carl Reiner! Wherein We Talk to the Legend and Give Away Tickets.

    As we mentioned almost a month back, Carl Reiner and Martin Short will replace John Travolta tomorrow night at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, where Travolta was scheduled to show for a Q&A as part of the Brinker International Forum benefiting the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts. Of co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2008

    Win, Win: Brinker Forum Swaps John Travolta for Carl Reiner, Martin Short

    John Travolta was supposed to be in town September 9 to speak at the Brinker International Forum, which'll take place at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. But he can't make it, says a media release that just went out -- "due to unforeseen professional obligations," by which I assume they mean ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2008

    Worst Restaurant Ever? Chilabee's.

    Someone totally not busted up about the shuttering of Plano-based Benningan's last week? Jon Stewart, who, in the clip below, introduces the worst fast-casual concept since Shenaniganz. Speaking of, this morning there's more bad news for Dallas-based Brinker International. --Robert Wilonsky

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    June 12, 2008

    Folks Sue Brinker, Claiming Its Guiltless Food Is a Little Too Guilty

    Once more, this is still the only thing I've ever ordered at a Chili's. Speaking of lawsuits, here's yet another one filed in Dallas federal court: On June 5, a woman from Washington named Anne Paskett filed a class-action suit here against Brinker International, the parent company of Chili's, Roman ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2008

    First the Stock's Downgraded. Then, Some Chili's Abruptly Close.

    At the end of last week, shares of Dallas-based Brinker International stock took a bit of a dive after an analyst downgraded the stock, insisting the company behind Chili's, Romano's Macaroni Grill, On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina and Maggiano's Little Italy was about to hit a rough patch. As ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2008
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    April 8, 2008

    Cooling on Chili's

    Also known as the only thing I've ever ordered at a Chili's. Dallas-based Brinker International's stock is down today -- 55 cents, at last look, to $18.48 -- after an analyst gave it a "neutral" rating. And why's Christopher O'Cull of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey so so-so on Doug Brooks' chain of eate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2008

    Fly the Gay-Friendly Skies

    The Washington, D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign Foundation -- which bills itself as "the nation’s largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization" -- has released its list of the Best Places to Work 2008, and four local companies made the cut: American Airlines, GameStop, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2008

    On the Brinker

    Headline from The Dallas Morning News, posted at 7:50 a.m.: "Brinker predicts 40% gain in earnings." Lead paragraph: "Brinker International Inc. Monday predicted its second-quarter earnings per share from continuing operations will be up nearly 40 percent, despite falling customer traffic at some of ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 18, 2007

    Deck Chair Reshuffle?

    New life for the West End? You just gotta believe.

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2007

    West End Butcher

    The Butcher Shop in the West End's getting new owners. Meet the new meat? Jay Khan and Ronald Von Hatten, two former Landry's regional managers, seem hell-bent on remaking the West End. They want to transform it from has-been entertainment-district rubble into has-been entertainment-district rubble ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 15, 2003

    Gimme Moore

    She turns the world on with her smile

  • News

    March 21, 2002

    Everybody Loves Romano

    How can Phil Romano, the "Steven Spielberg of the food business," become even more successful? By opening more restaurants, making more money--and feeding the homeless.

  • Culture

    November 15, 2001

    Does a Bear Shop in the Woods?

    Don't get malled. This year, do your business al fresco.

  • Dining

    October 4, 2001

    Food Fight?

    Rumors circulate around the departure of George Papadopoulos from Voltaire

  • Dining

    August 2, 2001

    Big Bore

    Big Bowl just needs a little order

  • Dining

    June 21, 2001

    Fox in the Steakhouse

    Silver Fox still has to work out the kinks

  • Dining

    October 12, 2000

    On Their Noodle

    Rice Boxx Asian Café

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    December 16, 1999

    Hash Over

    Zagat 2000; Mixed Hash

  • Dining

    September 2, 1999

    Texas shtick

    Love & War in Texas sounds more like a movie than a restaurant. Either way, it's an epic of indulgence.

  • Dining

    November 12, 1998

    Big glossies and big platters

    Maggiano's is more photo finish than finished food

  • Dining

    February 5, 1998

    Almost home-cooking

    Bon Vivant Market avoids Eatzi's flaws, but doesn't have its zest

  • Dining

    October 30, 1997

    Sweet ode to convoy grub

    But Truckers grinds the breakfast gears

  • Dining

    August 7, 1997

    A French toast

    La Mirabelle serves up fine French fare and holds the snootiness

  • News

    February 6, 1997
  • Dining

    January 16, 1997

    Well done

    In a business where being good often isn't enough, who will survive 1997?

  • Dining

    July 13, 1995

    Jewel of the north

    Maxine's in Far North Dallas serves a unique gorgonzola, raisin, and spinach pizza

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