4

Norman Brinker, Dead at 78

^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

The 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; what began as a bar and grill on the corner of Greenville Avenue and Meadow Road became the foundation for such brand names as On the Border, Maggiano's and Macaroni Grill. Brinker's also a former Olympian, having been part of the 1952 U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team while he was serving in the Navy.

A former Jack in the Box general partner and Pillsbury Restaurant Group chairman, he's also the man behind Steak & Ale, the book On the Brink: The Life and Leadership of Norman Brinker and the Norman E. Brinker Institute for Hospitality and Restaurant Management at the SMU Cox School of Business. Wrote former Brinker International exec Lane Cardwell only last year, Brinker "is responsible for a lot of what we take for granted today across the casual dining category."

Seemed only fitting this morning to re-run this photo, taken in the green room shortly after Carl Reiner and Martin Short squared off at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in September 2008 as part of the Brinker International Forum.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.