Istanbul location marks first in country for one of the world's largest
casual dining brands
DALLAS, March 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Brinker International (NYSE:
EAT) today announced the opening of the first Chili's Grill & Bar location in
Turkey. Brinker currently owns, operates and franchises 194 restaurants
outside the U.S., with locations in 27 countries and one territory.
The newest worldwide restaurant, located in Etiler, Istanbul, Turkey, will
seat 220 guests and bring approximately 80 full-time and part-time jobs to the
local community. Brinker franchise partner Istanbul Food Restaurants and
Tourism will oversee restaurant operations and plans to build four additional
restaurants over the next five years. Local businessman Cuneyt Demir is
principal owner of this location.
"Brinker is extremely excited about bringing the Chili's brand into
Turkey. This milestone exemplifies our commitment to 'serving the world a
great taste of life' as we expand our presence across the globe," said John
Reale, president of Global Business Development for Brinker International.
"By offering a portfolio of brands to choose from and unparalleled
franchisee support, Brinker is well-positioned to expand our relationship with
franchise partner Istanbul Food Restaurants and Tourism and grow our market
presence in Istanbul."
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 27 countries and one territory, and employs more
than 100,000. Brinker restaurant brands include Chili's(R) Grill & Bar, On The
Border Mexican Grill & Cantina(R) and Maggiano's Little Italy(R). 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
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