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SPAGEDDIE'S EMERGES AS NEW EXPANSION VEHICLE FOR BRINKER INTERNATIONAL

 DALLAS, March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Ron McDougall, chairman and chief executive officer of Brinker International Inc., announced Monday that the company will launch the roll-out of its Spageddie's Italian food concept.
 Spageddie's is a funky, casual, family-oriented Italian restaurant that accommodates 216 customers in a 6,700 square foot building. Outside patio areas provide room for customers to play Bocci Ball on the two all-weather courts.
 One of the restaurants is currently in operation in Dallas, and two new units are under construction in the Dallas and Tyler, Texas, markets. Several real estate locations are being secured to expedite the ramped-up expansion plans for Spageddie's, McDougall said.
 "Spageddie's has been in an R&D testing mode for the past year. The concept has received very favorable customer feedback and has substantially exceeded our expectations," he said.
 McDougall explained that Phil Romano is the creative talent behind the Spageddie's concept.
 "We are very fortunate to have an individual like Phil, with his marketing savvy, intuitive feel and unique creativity associated with our team," McDougall said. "Phil adds a whole new dimension to our development strategy."
 Spageddie's, with its exhibition cooking, has a menu that features spaghetti, of course, but with several variations ranging from the traditional tomato sauce to spicy sausage and peppers. Other menu offerings include lasagna, pork chops and rotisserie chicken.
 "With Spageddie's outstanding price-value, exceptional food quality and attentive service, we are very excited about the long-term potential of this concept," McDougall said.
 He added that Brinker International's other restaurant's, Chili's Grill & Bar, Grady's American Grill and Romano's Macaroni Grill, are all producing a strong third quarter fiscal 1993 performance.
 "All three concepts are experiencing very positive comp store sales trends during the quarter and new units continue to open significantly above the system-wide sales average."
 McDougall said the company is in an excellent strategic position and that "we anticipate the third quarter financial results will be very strong and consistent with current analysts' expectations."
 Brinker International currently has 340 restaurants in 42 states and in Canada and Mexico. The company's portfolio of four restaurant concepts is projected to generate $780 million in systemwide revenues in the 1993 fiscal year. By fiscal 1995, Brinker International's stated goal is to achieve annual revenues in excess of $1 billion.
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 /CONTACT: Stan Levenson or Steve Arters of Levenson Public Relations, 214-556-0944, for Brinker International Inc./
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