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June 30, 2009

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In This Section:
Brinker Expands Into India
Ruby Tuesday Ramps Up In Abu Dhabi
Smashburger Signs Multiunit Midwest Deal
FER Has A New Address

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Brinker Expands Into India

Brinker Int’l. has been busy abroad in recent weeks. The firm recently opened a new Chili’s Grill & Bar location in Bangalore, India—its first in that country. The location is part of a 15-restaurant, five-year agreement with Jawad Business Group that will expand Brinker's presence throughout the nation.

Jawad has been a Brinker partner for several years, franchising Chili’s in Bahrain and Maggiano's in Saudi Arabia. The menu at the Bangalore store was developed specifically for the region, blending Chili's American-Southwest cuisine with familiar, local fare. More than 80% of the menu offerings can be prepared vegetarian.

Elsewhere, meanwhile, the chain also has expanded into Canada’s largest market, opening the first Chili's location in the greater Toronto area. Developed by Top Down Enterprises, it’s the first of a five-restaurant, five-year agreement that will expand the Brinker presence throughout Canada’s capital city.

Brinker now owns, operates and franchises 205 restaurants outside the United States, with locations in 28 countries and two territories. The firm plans to have 500 restaurants open outside the United States by 2014.


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Ruby Tuesday Ramps Up In Abu Dhabi

Ruby Tuesday and partners are picking up the pace in the Middle East. After opening three Ruby Tuesday restaurants in Dubai in the past 12 months, franchisee Bin Hendi Hospitality plans to open six new restaurants in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. With this expanded agreement, Bin Hendi now has a total of 18 Ruby Tuesdays slated for development in the UAE. Last year the franchisee added five Emirate territories to its then-current agreement for restaurant openings in Dubai. The agreement makes Bin Hendi the single franchisee for the entire UAE.

The Persian Gulf region is one of the fastest growing areas for all casual dining brands. Ruby Tuesday has six franchisees in the Middle East, including locations in Kuwait, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Dubai. Other Ruby Tuesday restaurants are being developed in Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon and Oman by other franchisees.

The Abu Dhabi restaurants will be developed and opened over the coming five years and will feature menu choices, service standards and decor that are consistent with the brand in the United States. Maryville, Tenn.-based Ruby Tuesday has been expanding its franchise presence around the world during the past several years. The 35-year-old chain is comprised of more than 900 company-owned and franchised restaurants in 45 states, the District of Columbia, 14 foreign countries, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

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Smashburger Signs Multiunit Midwest Deal

Smashburger continues to move ahead with plans for nationwide coverage. The Denver chain recently signed a 10-unit franchise agreement with Reload LLC to open the Nebraska market.

Reload owner Jim Stevens owns and operates more than 30 popular fast-casual and casual-dining franchise units in the Midwest. The 10 Smashburgers that Reload plans to open will cover markets in Lincoln and Omaha.

The company is on schedule to open its first restaurant by the end of the year, with the remaining nine locations scheduled during the next few years.

Smashburger began its franchise expansion in the fall of 2008 and has signed 10 deals with established, proven multiunit operators to open up to 187 locations. Smashburger currently has 14 units, including 10 in Colorado, one each in Texas and Minnesota, and two in Kansas. Eight more stores are slated to open in those states this summer; another 10 restaurants are planned for the fall and winter including debut units in Idaho, Oklahoma and Utah.

Smashburger said it plans to have 500 restaurants opened during the next several years, with 30 to 60 opening in 2009. In May, Smashburger announced a franchise deal for 16 new locations in Iowa. It also has signed deals in recent months that it says will lead to locations in Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Utah.

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FER Has A New Address

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