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Brinker International Signs Development Agreement with HMSHost


DALLAS, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) announced a development agreement with HMSHost Corporation, a world leader in travel dining and shopping.

Under the agreement, HMSHost will develop 26 restaurants over five years. The restaurants will be developed in various airports and toll roads throughout the U.S. The Brinker brands to be developed include Chili's Grill & Bar(R), Romano's Macaroni Grill(R), and On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina(R).

HMSHost has long been a leader in travel dining, and through this relationship we will continue to leverage our franchise development, providing guests with convenient locations to experience our portfolio of restaurants, said Chuck Sonsteby, Chief Financial Officer of Brinker International.

We are very pleased to continue our excellent relationship with Brinker International, as they are an industry leader in the casual dining segment. We look forward to developing restaurants from their world class portfolio of brands at our travel venues well into the future, said Pat Carroll, Vice President of Branded Concept Portfolio for HMSHost.

About Brinker International

Brinker International, Inc. 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 1,800 restaurants in 24 countries and employs more than 120,000. Brinker restaurant brands include Chili's Grill & Bar, Romano's Macaroni Grill, On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina and Maggiano's Little Italy. The company was named one of FORTUNE Magazine's Most Admired Companies in 2006 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

About HMSHost

HMSHost is world-renowned for creating customized shopping and dining spaces in travel venues. The innovative company operates in more than 100 airport locations around the globe, including 19 of the 20 busiest airports in North America. HMSHost has annual sales in excess of $2.3 billion and employs more than 28,000 associates worldwide. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Autogrill S.p.A, HMSHost and the rest of the Autogrill Group are recognized leaders in travel amenities. With sales exceeding 3.9 billion, Autogrill is present in 33 countries with more than 4,800 points of sale in more than 1050 locations (including 163 airports and 689 motorways) where 51,000 employees serve over 840 million customers every year. Visit for more information.

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