Romano's Macaroni Grill

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Romano's Macaroni Grill
TypeWholly owned subsidiary
GenreCasual dining
FoundedApril 19, 1988; 33 years ago (1988-04-19)
FounderPhilip J. Romano
HeadquartersDenver, Colorado, U.S.
Number of locations
Area served
Key people
Philip J. Romano
Norman E. Brinker
Norman Abdallah
ProductsItalian-American cuisine
(pasta • pizza • chicken • seafood • salad)
Number of employees
ParentRedrock Partners LLC
Footnotes / references
A Romano's Macaroni Grill in Anaheim Hills, CA in March 2010 (closed in 2020).[2]

Romano's Macaroni Grill is a casual dining restaurant chain specializing in Italian-American cuisine. The company claims 43 locations in the U.S. and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.


The first restaurant was founded by Texas restaurateur Philip J. Romano and actor Ray Romano in Leon Springs, Texas (now a district of San Antonio), on April 19, 1988.[citation needed] (The original location is now independently operated as The Grill at Leon Springs.)

Brinker International, Inc. bought the franchise rights to the company on November 22, 1989.[citation needed]

Brinker announced on August 8, 2007, that it would begin exploring a buyer for the 230 company-owned stores. On December 18, 2008, Brinker announced that a majority stake in the chain was sold to Mac Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of Golden Gate Capital. As of June 29, 2011, Brinker still holds a 15.6% minority interest in the concept.[3]

On February 6, 2013, Ignite Restaurant Group announced the acquisition of Romano's Macaroni Grill from Golden Gate Capital through a $55.0 million all-cash transaction.[4] Redrock Partners LLC purchased the concept from Ignite in April 2015 for $8 million.[5][6]

On October 18, 2017, Romano's Macaroni Grill filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.[7]

On September 21, 2018, Romano's bought Sullivan's Steakhouse for $32 million.[8]


Romano's Macaroni Grill menu features items found in traditional cuisine from Italy and the Mediterranean area. The menu includes a custom-assembled pasta dish, with a choice of pastas, sauces, and toppings. Meals are served with complimentary bread and olive oil.[9] The chain touts its sourcing of various ingredients directly from family-owned businesses in Italy for quality, flavor, and business transparency.[10]

In addition to their restaurants, the brand also features a line of packaged food products based on dishes offered by the restaurant. The packages are manufactured by General Mills Restaurant Favorites line.[11]


In 2007, Men's Health rated Romano's Macaroni Grill one of the unhealthiest restaurant chains, giving it an 'F' on its "Restaurant Report Card." According to the report, an average meal from the chain contains over 1,000 calories.[12] Three years later, however, the magazine rated Macaroni Grill as the healthiest Italian chain, noting that a number of entrees had significantly decreased in calorie count. This was attributed to the hiring of a new CEO with a "multiphase plan to improve the nutritional quality."[13]

Global operations[edit]

The company has international locations in many countries around the world, including:[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Information and FAQ". Romano's Macaroni Grill. 2011. Retrieved April 26, 2012.[dead link]
  2. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  3. ^ Brinker International, Inc. (June 29, 2011). "FY 2011 10-K". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  4. ^ Ignite Restaurant Group (March 12, 2013). "Ignite Restaurant Group Acquires Romano's Macaroni Grill".
  5. ^ Maze, Jonathan (March 11, 2015). "Why Ignite sold Macaroni Grill for so little". Nation's Restaurant News. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  6. ^ Kezar, Korri (April 20, 2015). "Ignite Restaurant Group sells Romano's Macaroni Grill for $8M". Dallas Business Journal. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  7. ^ Stephanie Gleason (October 18, 2017). "Romano's Macaroni Grill Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection". Retrieved September 9, 2020.
  8. ^ "Romano's Macaroni Grill Buys Sullivan's Steakhouse in $32M Deal". 2018. Retrieved September 9, 2020.
  9. ^ "Romano's Macaroni Grill Menu". Romano's Macaroni Grill. 2011. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  10. ^ "Our Story". Romano's Macaroni Grill. 2019. Retrieved September 9, 2020.
  11. ^ "General Mills: Macaroni Grill". General Mills Inc. 2012. Archived from the original on June 19, 2010. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  12. ^ Goulding, Matt (November 9, 2007). "Restaurant Report Card". Men's Health. Hearst Digital Media. Retrieved June 13, 2018. Macaroni Grill earns its F with a menu full of 1,500 calorie pastas...Even lunch portions and salads have more than 1,000 calories.
  13. ^ Carter, Clint (December 18, 2010). "Restaurant Report Card". Men's Health. Hearst Digital Media. Retrieved March 31, 2019. Macaroni Grill used to be one of the most fattening sit-down chains in America. But things took a sharp turn for the better when the company recruited a new CEO in 2008. What followed was a multiphase plan to improve the nutritional quality of the entrees, and the chain has since become the caloric conscience of the red-sauce restaurants.

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