My sister posted a note on Facebook today that Norman Brinker, the founder of Chili's Restaurant, Steak & Ale, Bennigan's and The Corner Bakery, among many, passed away Tuesday morning.Â I'll put a link to an article about this in a minute but first I'd like to share a little personal note on the subject.
Norman Brinker was not only a restaurant creator, he was also the husband of Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly, the youngest tennis champion of the 1960's.Â When I was a young teenager, I discovered a film about Little Mo and became a big fan of hers.Â She had passed away in 1969 of cancer so there was no hope of ever meeting her but the movie starred a young Mark Harmon as Norman Brinker prior to his restaurant fame.
Little did I know that years later while having dinner with my family, I would learn that Little Mo's daughter is my little sister's best friend.Â So, today's news is very personal and Mr. Brinker's oldest daughter is sadly missing her father tonight.
If you'd like to read about Mr. Brinker in the Nation's Restaurant News, click here.
To read more about his personal life, including his marriage to Nancy Goodman who is the sister and founder of the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure organization, click here.