Maggiano's Little Italy

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Wholly owned subsidiary
GenreCasual dining
Founded1991 (1991)
Headquarters6820 LBJ Freeway
Dallas, Texas, U.S. 75240
Number of locations
52 (2015)
Key people
Steve D. Provost,
ProductsItalian-American cuisine
(pasta • salad • seafood)
ParentBrinker International
Footnotes / references

Maggiano's Little Italy is an American casual dining restaurant chain specializing in Italian-American cuisine. The company was founded in Chicago's River North neighborhood, at Clark Street and Grand Avenue, in 1991 by Rich Melman's Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE), and was named after Melman's late partner, Marvin Magid. The concept was acquired by Brinker International, Inc. in August 1995 from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. As of June 24, 2015, there were 52 locations throughout 22 states and the District of Columbia.[1]

Maggiano's menu features both classic and contemporary recipes; pastas, salads, steaks, seafood, regular chef specials, and specialty desserts. Maggiano's offers lunch or dinner, carryout service, delivery, and banquet spaces for special occasions. Meals can be purchased in single-sized portions or as full multi-course family style meals.[2]

In February 2017, they introduced a 7-day-a-week brunch menu. One reason was that previously robust lunch sales were dropping and brunch would make it a more family friendly atmosphere.[4]


Richard Melman expanded LEYE's Italian division in 1991 with the opening of Maggiano's Little Italy in Chicago. According to the company's history, the concept aimed at "re-creating the classic pre-World War II dinner house featuring family size portions".[5]

The first restaurant was at the corners of Clark Street and Grand Avenue in Chicago and opened November 11, 1991. A second restaurant was opened in Oak Brook, Illinois followed by one in Skokie, Illinois. In 1994, they opened their first restaurant outside of Illinois. In 1995, Brinker International purchased the restaurant with the goal of taking it national.[6]

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  2. ^ a b Brinker International, Inc. (June 29, 2011). "FY 2011 10-K". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved April 17, 2012.
  3. ^ Brinker International, Inc. (June 29, 2011). "2011 Annual Report to Shareholders". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved April 17, 2012.
  4. ^ Levin, Amelia (July 2017). "A New Menu Revitalizes Maggiano's Little Italy". Food News Feed. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  5. ^ "About Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc" (PDF). Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc. June 2011. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
  6. ^ "Our story". Maggiano’s Little Italy. Retrieved 1 February 2019.

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