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CARRABBA, INC. AGREES TO ENTER JOINT VENTURE WITH OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE

 TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Carrabba, Inc. has agreed in principle to enter into a joint venture with Tampa-based Outback Steakhouse, Inc. (NASDAQ: OSSI). Carrabba's is a casual Italian theme restaurant with two locations with sales in excess of $8.7 million annually. Co-founders John Carrabba and Damian Mandola will join forces with Outback to test expansion of the Carrabba's in Houston and new markets. The joint venture plans to open 2-3 Carrabbas in 1993 and an additional 6-8 in 1994 if the initial tests meet expectations.
 Carrabba's first opened on Kirby in December 1986 and a second location was added on Woodway at Voss in August 1988. Outback operates and franchises 87 locations in 17 states with plans for an additional 50 restaurants in 1993.
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 /CONTACT: John Carrabba of Carrabba's, 713-522-3171; or Robert S. Merritt of Outback Steakhouse, Inc., 813-282-1225/
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CO: Carrabba, Inc.; Outback Steakhouse, Inc. ST: Florida, Texas IN: LEI SU: JVN

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