Officials for Columbus, Ohio-based Bravo Brio Restaurant Group Inc. said harsh winter weather caused mid-single-digit decreases in same-store sales for its two casual-dining Italian chains in the first quarter. That led to a 14.7-percent decrease in net income, to $2.9 million, in the quarter ended March 30.
However, the company expressed confidence that it could build sales momentum in the spring and summer months with new initiatives like a bar program with tiered price points, a new weekend brunch program and the expansion of the brands’ lighter-fare menus.
The company operates 46 Bravo! Cucina Italiana units and 60 Brio Tuscan Grille outlets in 33 states.
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