Norman Brinker, the creator of such groundbreaking casual-dining chains as Steak & Ale and Bennigan’s, forever altered the way Americans eat and the culture of the restaurants they patronize. From humble beginnings in rural New Mexico, Brinker created a restaurant empire through astute timing, keen observation, dogged perseverance, uncanny generosity and an extraordinary ability to recognize and kindle a passion for the industry in talented people. The chairman ...

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