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Romano's Macaroni Grill Announces Agreement to Develop New Restaurants in Alaska


DALLAS, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) announced it has signed an agreement with Anchorage-based Duke Investments, LLC to develop two Romano's Macaroni Grill(R) restaurants in Alaska.

The restaurants are scheduled to be completed by 2010 and will be the first and second Macaroni Grill locations ever in Alaska. This will mark the second agreement reached between Brinker and Duke Investments, which currently operates two Chili's Grill & Bar(R) restaurants in Alaska.

We are very pleased and honored to expand our relationship with Brinker International. We know our guests will truly enjoy the culinary excellence of Romano's Macaroni Grill, said John DeHaven, operating partner of Duke Investments.

Macaroni Grill is a brand that resonates with guests all over the world, and we are now proud to introduce our restaurants to the people of Alaska, said John Reale, interim president of Romano's Macaroni Grill.


Romano's Macaroni Grill ( ) is a leading casual Italian restaurant with 241 locations in 42 states and seven countries. Working in open kitchens, Macaroni Grill chefs prepare Italian classics like Chicken Scaloppine and signature items such as Penne Rustica, as well as grilled specialties, fresh seafood, crisp salads, brick oven pizzas and numerous pasta dishes. The menu is complemented by one of the most extensive wine lists in casual dining, including house wine poured on the honor system, where applicable. Romano's Macaroni Grill is the second-largest brand in the Brinker International (NYSE: EAT) restaurant portfolio. Other Brinker restaurant brands include Chili's Grill & Bar, Maggiano's Little Italy(R) and On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina(R). For more information, visit

SOURCE  Brinker International, Inc.
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    /CONTACT:  Media Relations of Brinker International, 1-800-775-7290/
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CO:  Brinker International, Inc.; Duke Investments, LLC; Romano's Macaroni
ST:  Texas, Alaska

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