Johnny Carrabbas Mias

Carrabba—not Carrabba’s—enters fast casual fray

A casual Italian chain legend tackles a new cuisine in a different market segment.

Check with Johnny Carrabba if you think it might be too late to get into the fast casual game. Even though he cashed in big time when he sold his namesake Italian casual dining standout Carrabba’s Italian Grill to OSI Restaurant Partners, he’s just opened Mia’s Table in Houston. It’s a fast-casual operation that imparts a Texas spin to a mainstream sandwich menu.

Carrabba didn’t open Mia’s in order to get back into the restaurant game. He was

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