Chili’s Grill & Bar’s recent restructuring and layoffs were approached with an eye to keeping the management staff close to the restaurants and guests, said the brand president.
Kelli Valade, president of the Dallas-based Brinker International Inc. division since June, said the 1,606-unit casual-dining brand approached the restructuring as a part of its ongoing evaluation of the business. Company executives, said the reorganization had reduced its head count by 70.
“It’s really about delivering what the guest wants, when the guest wants it and where the guest wants it,” Valade said in a phone interview. “We continue to focus on relevancy and differentiation in the space.”
As of Dec. 28, Brinker had 1,658 restaurants, including 1,606 Chili’s units and 52 Maggiano’s Little Italy locations.