Bloomin' Brands

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Bloomin' Brands, Inc.
Industry Restaurant
Founded August 1987 (1987-08)
Tampa, Florida, U.S.
Founder Robert D. Basham
Chris T. Sullivan
Trudy Cooper
J. Timothy Gannon
Headquarters Tampa, Florida
Number of locations
1,507 restaurants (2015)
Area served
Key people
Elizabeth A. Smith
(CEO / Chairman)
Jody Bilney
(CBO / Executive Vice President)
David Berg
David Deno, EVP & CFO
Number of employees
100,000 (2015)
Subsidiaries Outback Steakhouse
Carrabba's Italian Grill
Bonefish Grill
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Website Bloomin' Brands
Footnotes / references

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 it is headquartered.[2]


The company was founded in August 1988 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 1998 the first units of Roy's Restaurant, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & 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.[2][3][4]

Restaurant chains[edit]

As of 2015, chains that the company owns and/or operates include:

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.[5]

Prior to the company becoming OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC, Outback Steakhouse Inc. operated the Paul Lee's Chinese Kitchen and Zazarac brands.[6][7]

Charitable contributions[edit]

In 2001, OSI Restaurant Partners and other national restaurants helped to raise $1 million for Dine Out for America for Victims of 9/11.[8]

Political contributions[edit]

Bloomin' Brands has a conservative leaning political action committee called the Bloomin' Brands, Inc. Political Action Committee.[9] Bloomin' Brands, Inc. Political Action Committee is a PAC during the 2016 election. As of the most recent financial filing from the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the committee raised a total of $347,483 and spent a total of $253,075. During the 2014 election, as of the most recent financial filing from the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the committee raised a total of $976,793 and spent a total of $767,249. Some of their political spending included $5,000 to the NRA, $30,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, $45,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee, and $15,000 to the Republican Party of Wisconsin.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1] Archived June 22, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b c Bloomin' Brands, Inc. (December 27, 2015). "FY 2015 10-K" (PDF). U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved June 12, 2016. 
  3. ^ Unknown (2001). "OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC". Hoovers. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  4. ^ Janet Adamy (November 7, 2006). "Outback Steakhouse Owner OSI Agrees to $3 Billion Buyout Deal". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved April 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ Luna, Nancy (July 7, 2009). "Fashion Island closures & openings.". Orange County Register. Retrieved July 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ Howard Seftel (October 21, 2004). "Paul Lee's Chinese Kitchen". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved April 15, 2012. 
  7. ^ Chris Sherman (July 24, 2001). "Outback puts lid on Zazarac in Tampa". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved April 15, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Inside the company, History" (PDF). OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 16, 2012. Retrieved April 14, 2012. 
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