Rodeo, New Mexico
April 13, 2004
It seemed like wherever we go, we see Chili’s, as I’m sure most of you do. When I went to their website to find out more about them, I understood why: they literally are everywhere. Well, almost everywhere. You will find Chili’s in all states except one: Montana. That includes Hawaii and Alaska. Plus 88 more Chili’s can be found in 22 countries covering all continents except Africa, with a strong presence in Asia and the Middle East. Chili’s is owned by the mega-chain Brinker International, which also owns six other popular franchises, including On the Border, Romano’s Macaroni Grills, and Rockfish Seafood Grills, making the total Brinker International owned restaurants up to just under 1400, employing 90,000, and taking in more than $3 billion a year in sales.
The food and service were good; we were not dissatisfied. The menu is varied, besides Mexican selections, also including steaks, ribs, sandwiches, hamburgers, a low-fat section, seven different types of margaritas, and five desserts. But I was appalled to read in the online Restaurant Report that only 12% of high-volume, full-service restaurants in the U.S. are still independently owned. This is something to consider, and our intention is that if we have the choice, we’ll make more of an effort to pick an independent restaurant over a mega-chain from now on.
From journal Casa Grande in April