Norman Brinker

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Mayor's Now a "Distinguished Business Leader"

    Sam Merten​So says the press release forwarded this morning by Mayor Tom Leppert's chief of staff, Chris Heinbaugh. It comes from the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Association of Business, which will honor Leppert with its annual Distinguished Business Leader Award early next year, at the 13th A ... 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 >>

  • Dining

    July 15, 2010
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    June 16, 2010

    Holy Grail Pub vs. The Dream Cafe: The Monte Cristo Conflict

    And the winner is...​ We have been down this road before. You know -- the road of questionable food origins and, more important, what we consider to be the authoritative version of whatever it is we are eating. Be it a cheeseburger, a pizza or a soupy dumpling, we all have thoughts on what the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2009

    Steak and Ale's Dead. Long Live Steak and Ale!

    ​Seems like forever ago that Plano-based Metromedia Restaurant Group shuttered Bennigan's and Steak & Ale -- but, nope, it was just July of last year. A few Bennigan's locations resurfaced shortly thereafter, when Richardson-based Bennigan's Franchising Company, LLC assumed the position and re ... 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

    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

    June 6, 2006

    Here's a Tip: Leave a Tip

    Snooping around on the Shitty Tipper Database at, I decided to enter "Dallas" into the search engine and see who I could find. Mary Lou Retton popped up, as did Norman Brinker (and at a Chili's, no less), comedian Steve Harvey, "Coach Nelson" (Say it ain't you, Don!), Kenny "The S ... More >>

  • News

    September 29, 2005

    Pretty Woman

    The strange tale of a man and his Chinese bride that has Dallas talking

  • News

    January 22, 2004

    Return of the Black Widow

    Death and rumors have followed Sandra Bridewell for decades. But no one could predict the strange turn her life has taken today.

  • News

    August 29, 2002

    Bring It On

    Plus: Sack of Kittens, Who the Hell Are You?, What's in a Name?

  • 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.

  • News

    June 4, 1998

    Party like it's 1999

    Three wide-eyed promoters and the almighty A.H. Belo Corp. plan to boldly carry Big D and the rest of the world into the new millennium

  • News

    May 30, 1996


    For city Councilman Al Lipscomb, taking handouts from power brokers has become a way of life. Is there a problem?