Mike Kappitt Appointed President of Carrabba’s Italian Grill

Tampa, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLMN) today announced the appointment of Mike Kappitt as President of Carrabba’s Italian Grill. In this role, Kappitt will be responsible for leading the operations and development of the Carrabba’s brand in the…
Carrabba’s Italian Grill Unveils New Menu

An All New Menu Features Over 15 New Items for $15 or Less Tampa, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Carrabba’s Italian Grill® is launching its new menu featuring Carrabba’s Italian Values™; 15 new items for $15 or less. The menu offers Carrabba’s classics…
Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. Names Michael Kappitt SVP & Chief Marketing Officer

Tampa, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Liz Smith, CEO of Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. (Nasdaq:BLMN) today announced the appointment of Michael Kappitt as SVP and Chief Marketing Officer of Bloomin’ Brands. In his new role, Mr. Kappitt will oversee the marketing strategy for all…
Pat Murtha Joins Bloomin’ Brands as President, Bloomin’ Brands International

Tampa, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. (Nasdaq:BLMN) has announced the appointment of Pat Murtha as Executive Vice President of Bloomin’ Brands, and President, Bloomin’ Brands International. In this role, Murtha will be responsible for helping define, develop and implement the…

Watch the sweet drama unfold as Carrabba’s founder Damian Mandola judges the bakers alongside Buddy Valastro on Monday, January 14th at 9/8c Tampa, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  America can watch Carrabba’s Italian Grill founder Damian Mandola as guest judge alongside Buddy Valastro…

Growing Concepts Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units). Burien, WA-based AZTECA (founded 1974) has increased by 1 unit, from 33 to 34 (3% growth).  This family/casual Mexican restaurant concept is open for lunch…

Tampa, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. (Nasdaq:BLMN), today announced that it has completed its initial public offering of 16,000,000 shares of its common stock at $11.00 per share, which included 13,000,000 shares sold by Bloomin’ Brands and 3,000,000 shares sold…

Outback Steakhouse parent Bloomin’ Brands Inc. filed plans for an initial public offering of up to $300 million in common stock to help pay down debt taken on from its 2007 private-equity buyout. The casual-dining company, which also owns Carrabba’s…

Bonefish Grill and Outback Steakhouse have won top honors in the Zagat’s 2011 National Chain Restaurants Survey.  Bonefish Grill, OSI’s polished casual restaurant best known for its big-city bar and market-fresh fish, took six top honors including Top Overall (averaging…

The National Council of Chain Restaurants announced today that OSI Restaurant Partners, one of the largest casual dining restaurant companies in the world, has become its newest member. “We are very pleased to welcome another dynamic chain restaurant company as…

The bright, colorful plastic play structures found at fast food restaurants like McDonalds have come under heavy scrutiny. Mother and developmental psychologist Erin Carr-Jordan has taken samples from over 50 structures that shows a lack of cleaning and dangerous levels…

Austin, TX  (RestaurantNews.com)  On Tuesday, March 1, HotSchedules was honored as one of Central Texas’ Healthiest Employers by Seton and the Austin Business Journal.   The event and luncheon were hosted by Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, and the award was presented by…

Volunteers of Operation Feeding Freedom VIII, sponsored by OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC (OSI), have returned from their trip to Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan.  This year, 28 volunteers carried out OSI’s annual mission to bring a taste of home from its restaurants…

A recent survey from Carrabba’s Italian Grill, conducted by Wakefield Research, found that 87% of Americans count “eating meals as a family” among their most cherished memories  but over half of them (53%) wish they had more time to actually…

Outback Steakhouse’s parent company will cut up to 50 jobs and likely move the work overseas as it tries to cut costs and improve efficiencies, a company official said Monday. OSI Restaurant Partners, the Tampa-based parent of Outback, Bonefish Grill,…

OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC will host a conference call on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to discuss its financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2009, which will be filed with…