Dallas, // 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."
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.
SOURCE Brinker International, Inc.