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Norman Brinker, a Dallas restaurant entrepreneur who died June 9 at age 78, made millions by offering casual dining choices at such places as Chili's, Bennigan's, Romano's Macaroni Grill, Maggiano's LIttle Italy and On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina. Here's what Dave Simmons of the Dallas Business Journal said about him back in 2002: "The next time a waiter comes up and says, 'Hi, my name is . . . ' credit Norman Brinker."

Some, of course, would change "credit" to "blame."

Brinker died of aspiration pneumonia a week after he had trouble swallowing food while celebrating his 78th birthday in Colorado Springs. It's ironic, of course, that his death was food-related, although he had battled throat cancer in years past and that affected his swallowing..

By Joe Holley |  June 9, 2009; 5:40 PM ET
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What a wonderful and moving obituary for Mr. Brinker! I read it to my husband this evening, and he too was moved. The details about Mr. B's youth in Roswell, his marriage to "Mo" Connelly, and your overall superb quality of writing made this piece a delight to read. I suppose one shouldn't enjoy reading an obituary quite so much, but it did make me rejoice at the wonder of Mr. Brinker's amazing life. Thank you (and all the Obit. staff) for the great work you do at the Post. It's one of the few good things that remain at the Post.

Posted by: cecilerogers | June 10, 2009 7:53 PM

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