Romano's Macaroni Grill

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Romano's Macaroni Grill
Wholly owned subsidiary
Industry Restaurant
Genre Casual dining
Founded April 19, 1988 (1988-04-19)
Founder Philip J. Romano
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Number of locations
Area served
Key people
Philip J. Romano
Norman E. Brinker
Norman Abdallah
Products Italian-American cuisine
(pasta • pizza • chicken • seafood • salad)
Number of employees
Parent Redrock Partners LLC
Footnotes / references
A Romano's Macaroni Grill in Anaheim Hills, CA.

Romano's Macaroni Grill is an American casual dining restaurant chain specializing in Italian-American cuisine. The company has over 90 locations around the world and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.


The first restaurant was founded by Texas restaurateur Philip J. 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.[2]

On 6 February 2013, Ignite Restaurant Group announced the acquisition of Romano's Macaroni Grill from Golden Gate Capital through a $55.0 million all-cash transaction.[3]

Redrock Partners LLC purchased the concept from Ignite in April 2015 for $8 million US.[4][5]

On October 18, 2017 Romano's Macaroni Grill filed Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.


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.[6]

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.[7]


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.[8]

In 2014, health inspectors in Gwinnett County, Georgia, rated conditions at a Romano's Macaroni Grill location in Snellville as "unsatisfactory." The inspectors reported evidence of mold on soda fountain nozzles and the lids of ice bins, as well as Italian sausage being stored at unsafe temperatures. After being questioned by a reporter at WGCL-TV, the restaurant passed a reinspection.[9]

Global operations[edit]

The company has international locations in many countries around the world, including:


  1. ^ "Information and FAQ". Romano's Macaroni Grill. 2011. Retrieved April 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ Brinker International, Inc. (June 29, 2011). "FY 2011 10-K". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved April 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ Ignite Restaurant Group (March 12, 2013). "Ignite Restaurant Group Acquires Romano's Macaroni Grill". 
  4. ^ Maze, Jonathan (11 March 2015). "Why Ignite sold Macaroni Grill for so little". Nation's Restaurant News. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Kezar, Korri (20 April 2015). "Ignite Restaurant Group sells Romano's Macaroni Grill for $8M". Dallas Business Journal. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "Romano's Macaroni Grill Menu". Romano's Macaroni Grill. 2011. Retrieved April 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ "General Mills: Macaroni Grill". General Mills Inc. 2012. Archived from the original on June 19, 2010. Retrieved April 26, 2012. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Murphy, Adam (January 14, 2014). "Restaurant Report Card". CBS46. WGCL-TV. Retrieved June 13, 2018. Romano's Macaroni Grill at 1350 Scenic Highway in Snellville failed a surprise inspection with 66 points and a 'U' for unsatisfactory. Inspectors found mold debris on beverage nozzles at the soda stations. There was also mold forming on the tops of ice bin lids and Italian sausage was at an unsafe temperature. 

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