About Chili’s Grill & Bar
Chili’s is a popular casual dining restaurant and bar. There are currently over 1,400 restaurants spread out among more than 30 countries. The majority of Chili’s locations can be found in the United States and Canada.
Lots of people know Chili’s for their happy hour items as well as a few things from the menu. Chili’s has also become well known for their baby back ribs. This is partly due to the taste/value as well as their baby back ribs commercial and song. The commercial below is an old one, but they have stuck with that song and advertisement for quite some time.
Chili’s main competition is Applebee’s, T.G.I. Friday’s, and Ruby Tuesday.
The first Chili’s location was built in Dallas, TX. It was originally a converted postal station on Greenville Avenue. This first location was created in 1975. In 6 years, they moved the original restaurant to a newer location in the same area in 1981. That location lasted until 2007.
Larry Levine created Chili’s Bar and Grill with a mission to provide a casual atmosphere where people could go to find an affordable burger option with full-service dining. Levine’s concept grew quickly. There were 28 different Chili’s locations in that region by the mid 1980s.
The restaurant saw a lot more growth after Levine sold his corporation to Norman E. Brinker, formerly of the Pillsbury restaurant group. The Pillsbury restaurant group had ownership of Bennigans when Brinker worked with them, so he knew how the business model worked.
Chili’s Menu Items
Chili’s menu is considered American food, influenced by Tex-Mex cuisine. Over the years, Chili’s has adapted their menu to suit the changing nutritional expectations of some customers and the changing tastes of our society. They started with just burgers and now sell a full range of products including burgers, ribs, steaks, fajitas, salads, soups, chili, sandwiches, quesadillas, tacos, chicken, seafood, and more. Promotional items and limited time recipes show up all of the time at Chili’s Bar and Grill.
Chili’s International Locations
Chili’s has locations in 49 US states (excluding Alaska), 30 different countries, and two territories.
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Republic of Korea
- Puerto Rico
- Republic of China (Taiwan)
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom (Gone into Administration)
- United States