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|Wholly owned subsidiary|
|Founded||Austin, Texas, 1968|
Number of locations
|130 stores in America and 10 across the Middle East (2013)|
|Parent||Fired Up Restaurant Concepts.|
Carino's Italian is a United States-based chain of Italian food casual dining restaurants. It has more than 170 restaurants with branches in about 30 states. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, the concept is owned by Fired Up, Inc., which was founded in 1997 by partners and former Brinker International executives Norman Abdallah and Creed Ford III. The company filed for bankruptcy protection in March 2014 and again declared bankruptcy in 2016. The filings were concurrent with the closing of several Carino's locations; while Carino's once owned or franchised more than 170 stores across the United States, as of July 2016, only 84 Carino's locations still operate.
Prior to 2006, restaurants were called Johnny Carino's Country Italian, Johnny Carino's Italian then changed to Carino's Italian Grill. In 2009 the decision was made to drop the word "Grill" and market restaurants as Carino's Italian.
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- Maze, Jonathan (15 July 2016). "Johnny Carino's owner files for bankruptcy". Nation's Restaurant News. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
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