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Chili's President Kelli Valade to Leave Company

After 22 years with Brinker International, Kelli Valade is leaving the company to join insight powerhouse TDn2K LLC, the parent group of well-known industry platforms People Report, Black Box Intelligence, and White Box Social.

Chili's Gets its Mojo Back

There was a lot at stake for Chili’s in fiscal 2017. CEO Wyman Roberts went as far as calling it “an important and pivotal year for our business,” during an August 14 conference call. The brand was carrying a streak of negative same-stores into the calendar, with a menu too broad, operations too complex, LTOs that hurt execution, and technology that failed to leverage Chili’s standing or core strengths.

Four Corners Property Trust Buying Chili's Properties for $155.7M

Four Corners Property Trust, a real estate investment trust engaged in the ownership of high-quality, net-leased restaurant properties, announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire up to 48 corporate-operated Chili’s restaurants through a sale-leaseback transaction with certain subsidiaries of Brinker International, Inc.

Chili's Employee Robert Valencia Earns National GED Testing Service Award

Chili's Grill & Bar team member Robert Valencia accepted the 2018 National GED Testing Service Award during the Annual Testing Service Conference hosted in San Diego, California.The National GED Testing Service Award recognizes students who have earned their GED credential in the past year and demonstrated exceptional dedication and achievement throughout the process.

Some Company-Run Chili's Hit with Security Breach

Brinker International released a statement May 12 stating that an undisclosed amount of Chili’s guests had their payment card information compromised in a “data incident.” Brinker believes the incident was limited to between March–April 2018, however, the company continues to look into the scope of the breach.

A Better Chili's Begins to Take Shape

Brinker International spent the first quarter strategizing its turnaround story. The second was about implementation. Now, it’s time for results.The parent company of Chili’s and Maggiano’s Little Italy said during a May 1 conference call that it “started to see momentum with significant changes in traffic” during the third quarter, a period that ended March 28.

What You Need to Know About Chili's Turnaround Plan

The second quarter was meaningful for Brinker International on a variety of fronts. But for the parent company of Chili’s and Maggiano’s Little Italy, one topic trumped the others: It was the first full period in Chili’s self-described “turnaround strategy.

Positive Signs Emerge for Brinker, Chili's in Second Quarter

Brinker International saw its business track upward in the second quarter, perhaps providing early proof that recent traffic-driving initiatives are paying dividends. On a per-share basis, the parent company of Chili’s and Maggiano’s Little Italy posted profit of 54 cents, or net income of 25.

Is a New Menu Enough to Save Chili’s?

Despite ending the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 with a 9 percent drop in traffic, a 3.4 percent drop in same-store sales, and major impacts from hurricanes Irma and Harvey, Chili’s leadership—and its investors—are hopeful.

Chili's Traffic Stalls in 1Q. But Are Better Days Ahead?

Chili’s traffic fell nearly 9 percent during the first quarter of its fiscal 2018, which the brand attributed primarily to hurricanes Irma and Harvey. The traffic decline coincided with a 3.4 percent drop in same-store sales, compared to a 1.

Chili's Says Goodbye to its Massive Menu

Monday marked the end of an era at Chili’s. The brand introduced its “less is more” menu at all restaurants nationwide. The new menu has 75 items, which is a 40 percent cut from its previous offerings—a sign of just how massive the previous menu actually was.

Chili's Names New EVP to Lead Culinary Innovation

Brinker International, Inc. announced Steve Provost was named executive vice president and chief marketing and innovation officer of Chili's Grill & Bar. In this role, Provost will lead the brand's consumer insights, culinary innovation, and marketing teams.