May 19, 2009 13:06 ET

Chili's Grill & Bar® Ready to Pepper in Some Fun in Ontario

Members of Vaughan city council will be on hand for ribbon cutting ceremony for Chili's first Ontario location

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 19, 2009) -

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Ontario may not have had the warmest weather this past long weekend, but the city of Vaughan, just north of Toronto, has begun feeling more like the Southwestern United States with the arrival of Ontario's first Chili's(R) Grill & Bar in the Colossus Theatre Complex, opening its doors to the public today.

To commemorate the opening, owner and operator Heath Everett and several members of the Vaughan city council participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony while the Chili's staff - industry veterans and newly-hired "ChiliHeads" - cheered on.

"After almost two years of research and planning followed by six months of construction, we're thrilled to be opening our doors, bringing Ontarians their first ever taste of Chili's," said Heath Everett. "We're ready to 'Pepper in Some Fun(TM)' in Ontario with our enthusiastic team, unique Southwestern-inspired menu, vibrant, inviting setting and unmatched hospitality which proves to guests that Chili's is truly 'Like 'No Place Else.'"

Covering over 6,300-square-feet, the restaurant boasts 329 seats, including a sunny patio and full service bar where guests can enjoy an authentic, hand-shaken Presidente Margarita(R). The Vaughan location is the first of at least five Chili's Grill & Bar restaurants expected to open in Ontario by 2013.

Chili's Vaughan is staffed with more than 150 employees who just finished a 10-day operations training regimen with expert trainers from all over the North America. In addition to several special seatings for members of the local community, the Chili's team hosted an exclusive sneak-peek event for friends, family and VIPs on Saturday, May 16, which included players from the Toronto Argonauts and their cheerleading squad. For more information on the Ontario location, visit

Chili's Vaughan, located at 21 Colossus Drive, Unit # 125, RioCan Colossus Centre, Vaughan, can be reached at (905) 264-9977. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday.

Chili's Grill & Bar offers a fun, energetic atmosphere and a distinct, fresh mix of grilled Southwest American favorites like Sizzling Fajitas, Baby Back Ribs and Big Mouth Burgers, in more than 1,400 locations in 28 countries. Celebrating its 34th anniversary this year, Chili's is owned and franchised by Texas-based Brinker International (NYSE:EAT), a recognized leader in casual dining. Other Brinker restaurant brands include Maggiano's Little Italy and On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina. Brinker also holds a minority stake in Romano's Macaroni Grill. For more information, visit

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