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Marketing shifts bring gains for Outback Steakhouse and some sister brands

A more local approach to marketing is taking hold at Bloomin’ Brands, while discounting takes a back seat.

Early Q1 earnings reports show some big-name players reaping the benefits of programs that began long ago.

The casual chain is looking at kitchen-only formats after shrinking the size and tweaking the back of house of its conventional stores.

All members will get something free when they visit a store.

All members will get something free when they visit a store.

Bloomin' Brands agreed to add an industry veteran to its board under an agreement with Jana Partners, one of two shareholders that have been sympathetic to spinning off secondary brands.

The latest flurry of earnings reports show clear sales and traffic improvement for a number of the sector's big brands.

The dash for off-premise business is taking a detour around third-party delivery. Meanwhile, Amy Poehler isn't making restaurateurs laugh, R&D kitchens are cooking up some unusual new products, and the drug epidemic is prompting some controversial changes in operations.

Fourth quarter results were the best for parent Bloomin' Brands in five years.