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Norman Brinker dies at 78; restaurateur helped create a new way to dine
Norman Brinker dies at 78; restaurateur helped create a new way to dine

Norman Brinker, an innovative restaurateur who helped bridge the gap between fast food and fine dining with his casual, middle-of-the-road chains Chili's, Bennigan's and Steak & Ale, has died. He was 78. Brinker, a resident of Dallas, died Tuesday at a hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo., while on vacation. The cause was complications from pneumonia, according to Brinker International Inc. spokeswoman Stacey Sullivan. Brinker retired in 2000 as chairman of Brinker International, a Dallas-based restaurant group comprising the chains Chili's Grill & Bar, On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, Maggiano's Little Italy and Romano's Macaroni Grill. Chief among...

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