Romano's Macaroni Grill is an Italian-style chain of casual dining restaurants with locations throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada. The fi.. read morerst restaurant was founded by Texas restaurateur Philip J. Romano in Leon Springs, Texas on April 19, 1988. Brinker International bought the franchise rights on November 22, 1989. It is a direct competitor of Olive Garden.
Brinker International announced on August 8, 2007 that it would begin exploring a buyer for the 230 company owned stores. On August 18, 2008, Brinker announced that a majority stake in the chain would be sold to a unit of Golden Gate Capital, making it the first of Brinker's core brands to be sold. Brinker will seemingly sell other cornerstones as well. . Since 2004 it has cast off the Rockfish Seafood Grill, Corner Bakery Cafe and Big Bowl Asian Kitchen brands.
Currently the biggest Romano's Macaroni Grill restaurant is located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.