Chili’s reports ‘mixed bag’ in 2Q

January 25, 2017

Wyman Roberts, CEO of Chili’s Grill & Bar parent Brinker International Inc., dubbed the chain’s second quarter “a tale of three cities,” in a nod to the classic Charles Dickens novel.

Roberts cited “A Tale of Two Cities” in a call with analysts Wednesday to describe the Dallas-based casual-dining operator’s disappointing second-quarter earnings. 

Roberts and Tom Edwards, Brinker’s chief financial officer, said Chili’s “above-restaurant” management reorganization resulted in the elimination of 70 positions.

Brinker would take a pre-tax charge of about $6 million for the layoffs, Edwards said, as reflected in second-quarter results.

“We expect to generate savings of over