|Traded as||NASDAQ: BLMN|
Tampa, Florida, U.S.
|Founder(s)||Robert D. Basham
Chris T. Sullivan
J. Timothy Gannon
|Headquarters||2202 North West Shore Boulevard, Suite 500
Tampa, Florida, U.S. 33607
|Number of locations||1,443 restaurants (2011)|
|Key people||Elizabeth A. Smith
(CEO / Chairman)
(CBO / Executive Vice President)
David Deno, EVP & CFO
|Parent||Bloomin’ Brands, Inc.|
Carrabba's Italian Grill
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Bloomin' Brands, INC is a hospitality industry company that owns several American casual dining restaurant chains. The company was established in 1987 in Tampa, Florida, where the company still maintains its headquarters.
The company was founded in August 1987 as Multi-Venture Partners, Inc. in Florida by Tim Gannon, Bob Basham, and Chris Sullivan. In 1988 the first Outback Steakhouse was opened in Tampa, Florida. The company went public in 1991 as a 49-restaurant chain and changed its name to Outback Steakhouse, Inc. The Carrabba's Italian Grill was launched in 1993. The company's international expansion began with the first Outback steakhouse to open in Canada. Revenues for the company exceed $1 billion for the first time. In 1997 the first units of Roy's Restaurant, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, and Lee Roy Selmon's open. Cheeseburger in Paradise was launched several years later in 2002. The Wall Street Journal reported on November 7, 2006 that Bain Capital, Catterton Partners and founders Sullivan, Basham, and Gannon (collectively referred to as Kangaroo Holdings, Inc.), had reached an agreement to buy OSI Restaurant Partners Inc. for about $3 billion. 
As of 2012, chains that the company owns and/or operate include:
- Bonefish Grill
- Carrabba's Italian Grill
- Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
- Outback Steakhouse
The company formerly held the Cheeseburger in Paradise and Lee Roy Selmon's restaurant concepts. OSI also opened Blue Coral Seafood & Spirits in 2006, and planned 15 locations. They had opened two in California: one at Newport Beach in Orange County, and a second in San Diego, until deciding to close in 2009.
The company is a major contributor to the Republican Party federal candidates via the OSI Restaurant Partners PAC (formerly the Outback Steakhouse PAC). The OSI Restaurant Partners PAC is one of the largest donors in the food and beverage sector, second only to the National Restaurant Association. In the 2008 election cycle, the company contributed $376,500 toward the Republican Party versus $72,000 toward the Democratic Party. The 2004 election cycle saw contributions of $418,500 toward the Republican candidates and $10,000 toward the Democratic candidates.
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