A History Of Carrabba’s
Carrabba’s Italian Grill is a chain of over 200 Italian restaurants in 27 U.S. states. Its headquarters are located in Tampa, Florida.
The chain was founded on December 26, 1986 by Johnny Carrabba and his uncle Damian Mandola. They opened the first restaurant on Tommy Lee Kirby Drive in Houston, Texas. A second location was opened soon after near the intersection of Woodway Street and Voss Street. Both original locations are still operated by the Carrabba family.
In January 1993, under a joint partnership with OSI Restaurant Partners. 10 new locations were opened in Houston and Florida.
In January 1995, OSI Restaurant Partners acquired the rights to develop the chain nationwide.
In 2007, the OSI Restaurant Partners, which include Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Roy’s, Flemings, and Cheeseburger in Paradise, went private. The company’s stock is no longer traded on the market.
In 2008, OSI Restaurant Partners teamed up with HMSHost to open the first airport location in Tampa International Airport. Source Wikipedia
Great Carrabba’s Copycat Recipes
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Carrabba’s Copycat Recipes In This Cookbook
- Brushette Carrabba
- House Salad Dressing
We don’t mean diners, gourmands or bon vivants. We’re two Sicilian boys from Texas who love to cook and eat. We love the Sicilian food our parents and grandparents cooked. We love the Creole and Southern food our family members picked up passing through Louisiana and stepping off the boat right on the dock in Galveston. And we love the Western food that’s just part of being in Texas.
Food, you see, isn’t only about food. It’s not some big secret. It’s something that just happens when all of our interconnected families get together-the Carrabbas and the Mandolas, plus anybody with enough good sense to marry in. You may be poor, went the saying a mere generation ago, but you’ll never be hungry.
Food is part of us because that’s how we were raised; food was present at births, christenings, weddings, graduations and funerals. Food is what reminded us we were family. To this day, whenever one family member meets another and starts talking about something or someplace, the first question has to be, “Whadya eat?”