Dallas Brinker International said it has opened its first Chili's Grill & Bar in India, in the city of Bangalore. It was developed by the Jawad Business Group, which also owns Chili’s units in Bahrain and Maggiano’s locations in Saudi Arabia. The restaurant is part of a five-year, 15-unit agreement with Jawad.
Brinker said it plans to have 500 restaurants open outside the United States by 2014.
“Our plan is aggressive, about 50 restaurants a year, and we see a world of opportunity out there for us,” said John Reale, Brinker's president of global business development. “Comp sales are strong internationally, and our competitive advantage is a portfolio of brands our franchisees can growth with, including Chili's, Maggiano's, and On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina.”