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Casual-dining force Creed Ford dies at age 65

The onetime CEO of Fired Up and COO of Brinker International spent his whole professional life in casual dining, starting at age 24 at the first Chili’s.

Parent Fired Up Inc. filed for bankruptcy mid-2016

Offers more than 20 pasta options at moderate prices in a family-friendly setting

Italian heavyweight Olive Garden increased sales by 3%, helping to drive the menu category's 1.9% sales growth, to $8.5 billion.

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