Romano's Macaroni Grill Restaurants

  • Calendar

    May 8, 2014
  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Potato Flats, a Chipotle-Style Potato Bar by Phil Romano, Planned for Trinity Grove

    Around the end of one year and the start of another, most food blogs focus on two types of posts: the best things of the previous year and what will maybe be the biggest news of the next year (i.e. fortune-telling). Most food writers have probably missed the soon-to-be-biggest trend of 2014 though: ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 9, 2014

    In Trinity Groves, LUCK Needs More Skill to Survive

    A few glimmers shine through lackluster execution.

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Phil Romano Declares Trinity Groves Project Is In Overdrive

    It's been exactly a year since Babb Bros. BBQ opened in Trinity Groves, kicking off the restaurant development project that hopes to anchor future growth in the West Dallas neighborhood. Hoffmann Hotts, a casual hot dog restaurant soon followed, and then openings slowed down until recently, when Kit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Snappy Salads Chris Dahlander Expands His Chain While Striving to Keep a Personal Touch

    A proper salad can be so much more than just a salad. It can have layers, depth, a mix of distinguishing ingredients as unique and special as the creator itself -- your soul in a bowl. Well, maybe that's a stretch, but for a fast healthy lunch, a tailor-made salad can stave off dullness. That's the ... 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

    October 4, 2012

    Hofmann Hot Dogs To Open Restaurant in Trinity Groves

    Earlier this year we reported that the Zaccanelli Food Group, who includes Frank Zaccanelli, Phil Romano and Roger Staubach, purchased the Syracuse, New York-based Hofmann Sausage Company. See also: - Hofmann Sausage is Bringing Snappy Grillers to Dallas - Shepard Fairey Caught In the Act Hofmann ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Jack Mac's Swill & Grill with Jack's Pie on the Side Takes Over Tiramisu This Summer

    Gubbins got the scoop on a new restaurant going in Tiramisu at 19009 Preston Road (between Frankford Road and the PGBT). Jack MacDonald will transform the spot to Jack Mac's Swill & Grill. McDonald previously owned the Press Box in downtown Dallas and was also involved with Iron Cactus, Romano's Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    EatZi's is Expanding to Grapevine and Plano, but It's Not Going National Again

    Nation's Restaurant News reported yesterday that eatZi's will open two new spots in the 'burbs. The first will open on May 17 in Grapevine and will occupy 10,000 square feet "of freestanding retail space in a former Luby's Cafeteria site." The Plano store will be a newly constructed 10,000 square- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    An Interview with Victor Tango's Bartender Rich Allison. (Notice We Didn't Say "Mixologist.")

    A couple weeks ago we met Abraham Bebell, the bar manager at Oak in the Design District. At the end of the interview, I asked Abe who in the local restaurant and bar scene I should meet next. He told me about Rich Allison, bar manager at the very popular Victor Tango's on Henderson. He quickly profe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Phil Romano on Plans Along Singleton: "We Want it to Be an Evolution, Not a Revolution."

    ​Spent a few hours today with Phil Romano, Stuart Fitts and Larry "Butch" MacGregor at their Singleton Boulevard HQ at the foot of the Calatrava bridge. It's the brick building painted red -- one of three on that side of the bridge now decorated with Shepard Fairey's handiwork. When I pulled up a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Oak Chef Jason Maddy on Starting at McDonald's, Tiny New York Kitchens, and More

    Jason Maddy is the executive chef at the recently opened Oak in the Design District. Maddy grew up in Austin and, after attending culinary school in New York, worked at David Bouley's Danube, then the Driskill in Austin. A few years ago he was recruited by John Tesar to work at the Mansion, where he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Chef Matthew Dunn Joins MCrowd

    ​More changes afoot at MCrowd. Three months after Chief Executive Officer Greg Good's replacement with Michael Cox, Matthew Dunn -- former Stephen Pyles and Central Market chef and famously one of the few Dallas chefs to cook at the James Beard House -- joins MCrowd as director of culinary ope ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Need a HotelHouse in North Dallas?

    ​About three years back we stumbled across the mother of all modern manses being built where Northaven Road turns into E. Ricks Circle, only to discover it was the future residence of country singer Darren Kozelsky. Hadn't thought of it since, not till I drove past it again a couple of weeks ago. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Scott Romano: Going Whole Hog
    At a Downtown Jewel

    Photo by Robert BostickScott Romano​Since the Observer recently named Charlie Palmer at The Joule the city's Best Fancy Restaurant in this year's Best of Dallas issue, we thought now would be a good time to get a look at the man behind the kitchen, executive chef Scott Romano. Like many of th ... More >>

  • News

    June 24, 2010
  • Dining

    April 8, 2010
  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Brinker Makes a Run for the Border and Offloads Yet Another Chain to SF Firm

    ​Surprising(ish?) news late today: Brinker International just announced that a year and a half after it unloaded its majority interest Romano's Macaroni Grill to San Francisco-based Golden Gate Capital, it's selling On the Border to the equity firm as well. For how much? The press release doesn't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    And The Winner Is...

    ​Sorry--it's getting on in the afternoon. I should have started this sooner, but I've been working out some statistics.See, last week one of our dozen or so readers, TLS, failed to make our list of non-winners. She then vowed to sprinkle her comments with the word "cougar" until she reached the s ... 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 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

    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 >>

  • Dining

    July 24, 2008
  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • News

    May 22, 2008
  • Blogs

    May 15, 2006

    Avian Boo-Hoo

    No joke: There's a bird missing, and an 11-year-old girl's crying...fowl. I hate myself. It looks kind of like a joke--the childlike scrawl, the hastily added phone number, the phone-poll placement along a busy thoroughfare. (It would make a great album cover for some indie-rock band, come to think ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 29, 2005
  • News

    June 10, 2004


    No one knows who murdered Brent Gutheinz. Thanks to a sloppy investigation, it's likely no one ever will.

  • Dining

    December 25, 2003

    Tank Up the Vote

    Suburbs looking to get wet

  • Dining

    September 18, 2003

    Flaunting Royals

    "Sophisticated" Medici set to open in October

  • Dining

    February 20, 2003

    Lobster Ruckus

    When restaurateurs mix with lawyers, things get messy

  • Dining

    October 24, 2002

    Lobster Crypt

    Romano closes Lobster Ranch

  • Dining

    August 15, 2002

    Romano Flies Solo

    Eatzi's founder breaks from Brinker International

  • News

    August 8, 2002

    Tropic of Groceries

    Dallas' pent-up lust for exotic foods has finally been met with the opening of Central Market. Will shopping ever be the same? Will our appetites?

  • Dining

    June 20, 2002

    Bib Rustle

    At Lobster Ranch, the main course claws its way to the top

  • News

    March 21, 2002

    The Romano Empire

    The master showman knows how to turn theme-park dining into sensual drama

  • 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.

  • Dining

    August 9, 2001

    Tale of Three Cities

    Dallas independent restaurants learn from Addison, eye Frisco

  • Dining

    May 3, 2001

    Nick Gets Fired Up

    Phil Romano stays cool when We Oui chef Nick Badovinus jumps ship

  • Dining

    August 17, 2000

    Poo Poo

    We Oui is a no-no

  • Dining

    June 3, 1999

    Close to perfect

    Nick & Sam's is poised for greatness. Will it take the final step?

  • Dining

    July 2, 1998
  • Dining

    April 25, 1996

    Share fare

    At Cappellini's, more is not always the merrier

  • Dining

    September 21, 1995

    Cattle call

    Looking for a good, reasonably priced steak? Texas Land &Cattle Co. has your beef