- Brinker International's Thriving Global Development Continues as
Chili's enters the fourth largest city in North America -
DALLAS, May 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Brinker International (NYSE: EAT)
announced the opening of the first Chili's Grill & Bar location in the Greater
Toronto area, marking Brinker's entry into the largest market in Canada.
Brinker now owns, operates and franchises 205 restaurants outside the
United States, with locations in 28 countries and two territories. As part of
the company's goal to become the globally dominant casual dining restaurant
portfolio company, Brinker International plans to have 500 restaurants open
outside the U. S. by 2014.
The Toronto Chili's, developed by Top Down Enterprises, Inc. (TDE), is
located in Vaughan as part of the Colossus Centre. The restaurant is the first
of a five restaurant, five-year agreement that will expand the Brinker
presence throughout Toronto. "We're ready to 'Pepper in Some Fun(TM)' in
Ontario with our enthusiastic team, Southwestern-inspired menu, vibrant,
inviting setting and unmatched hospitality," said Heath Everett, CEO and
Owner/Operator for TDE.
"The Chili's brand has a strong presence in Alberta and Saskatchewan, and
we're excited to work with TDE to open more restaurants in Canada's largest
city," said John Reale, President of Global Business Development for Brinker
International. "As the cultural, financial and entertainment capital of
Canada, Toronto offers vast growth potential for Chili's. We know we can
capitalize on the existing awareness of the brand while introducing a unique
Southwest American casual dining experience not currently available in the
Greater Toronto Area."
Much like in the U.S., the menu at Chili's Toronto offers a variety of
Southwestern American favorites such as Sizzling Fajitas, Baby Back Ribs, Big
Mouth Burgers(R), as well as signature items such as Southwestern Eggrolls and
Crispy Honey-Chipotle Chicken Crispers(R), served in a fun, energetic
atmosphere where you can enjoy a hand-shaken Presidente Margarita(R).
Chili's Vaughan, located at 21 Colossus Drive, Unit # 125, in the RioCan
Colossus Centre can be reached at (905) 264-9977. The restaurant is open from
11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday
through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday. For more information
please visit www.chilis-ontario.com.
About Brinker International
Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT), is one of the world's leading
casual dining restaurant companies, serving more than 1 million guests daily.
Founded in 1975 and based in Dallas, Texas, Brinker owns or franchises more
than 1,700 restaurants in 28 countries and two territories, and employs more
than 125,000. Brinker restaurant brands include Chili's(R) Grill & Bar, On The
Border Mexican Grill & Cantina(R) and Maggiano's Little Italy(R). Brinker also
holds a minority investment in Romano's Macaroni Grill. The company was named
one of FORTUNE Magazine's Most Admired Food Service Companies in 2009 and was
honored by the magazine as one of the Top 50 Employers for Minorities and the
Top 50 Employers for Women. For more information, visit www.brinker.com.
SOURCE Brinker International, Inc.
Stacey Sullivan of Brinker International