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Maggiano's Little Italy

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.

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Chili's parent bets on a second virtual concept

Maggiano's Italian Classics features Italian standards, with an emphasis on $10 lunch combos.

Same-store sales have slipped during the period from -1% to -12.3% and parent Brinker International is pulling back quarterly guidance.

It's Just Wings will provide its signature product from the kitchens of Chili's and Maggiano's.

Brinker said the switch reflects a change in its management structure.

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Delivery and takeout business has more than doubled, but off-premise is generating only about 30%-35% of former sales levels.

The changeover is part of a stepped-up effort to boost in-store business.

The casual chain is looking at staffing changes and new packaging after posting a 2.9% rise in Q1 comps, in part because of delivery.

Ellie Doty will be responsible for consumer insights and menu development, among other duties.

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