Financing

Chili's shoots past 2019 sales levels, but Maggiano's lags

Comps for both brands were helped by the It's Just Wings virtual concept, but off-premise business slipped overall.
Photograph: Shutterstock

Chili’s same-store sales for the fourth quarter ended June 30th topped the pre-pandemic benchmark of two years earlier by 8.5%, buoyed by the chain’s It’s Just Wings virtual brand, parent company Brinker International revealed Wednesday morning.

But same-restaurant sales for sister concept Maggiano’s Little Italy were more sluggish, leaping 147.9% above last year’s pandemic-depressed level but still falling 17.5% short of the 2019 watermark.

Overall, Brinker reported a net income for the quarter of $75 million, compared with a year-earlier loss of $49.2 million. Revenues soared by 79.2%, to $990.9 million.

The company updated its guidance for fiscal 2022, with management projecting mid-single-digit increases in labor and food costs.

Brinker finished Q4 with 1,648 company-run or franchised restaurants.

Members help make our journalism possible. Become a Restaurant Business member today and unlock exclusive benefits, including unlimited access to all of our content. Sign up here.

Multimedia

Exclusive Content

Marketing

Older brands try new tricks in their quest to stay relevant

Reality Check: A number of mature restaurant chains are out to prove that age is just a number.

Financing

At Papa Johns, delivery shifts from its own apps to aggregators

The Bottom Line: The pizza delivery chain’s business with companies like Uber Eats and DoorDash is thriving while its own delivery is slowing. But this isn’t the beginning of the end of self-delivery, CEO Rob Lynch says.

Topics

How the shift to counter service has changed Steak n Shake's profitability

The Bottom Line: Sardar Biglari, chairman of the chain’s owner Biglari Holdings, details how the addition of kiosks and counter service has transformed restaurants.

Trending

More from our partners