Brinker to open Chili's restaurants in Russia

by Jeff Gelski
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DALLAS — Brinker International, Inc. has entered a development agreement with Trio’s Group Ltd. to open Chili’s Grill & Bar restaurants in Russia. Twenty-five restaurants are planned for development in Russia by June 2017, and the first will open in November 2010 in Moscow.

"We’re proud to team up with Trio’s Group to extend our international presence into one of the world’s largest consumer markets," said John Reale, president of global business development for Brinker. "Russia offers vast potential for the Chili’s brand, and we look forward to sharing our unique bold flavors and dining experience with guests throughout the country."

Trio’s is a privately held company headquartered in Switzerland. Brinker currently owns, operates or franchises 203 international locations in 29 countries and two territories outside the United States. The company plans to have 500 restaurants open outside the United States by 2014.

"This was an attractive development opportunity with Brinker, a company that continues its dominant appeal with excellent choices of a well-aligned broad menu, operational quality and fun atmosphere," said Alan Sawyer, managing partner for Trio’s. "We are looking forward to bringing Brinker’s commitment to quality and hospitality to Russia and building great relationships in this market."

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