These iconic restaurants are all owned by the same companies

FILE - Olive Garden Italian restaurant sign showing company logo, Spokane Valley, Washington, owned by Darden Restaurants Incorporated headquartered in Florida. (Photo by: Don and Melinda Crawford/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Last week, the popular restaurant chain Red Lobster made headlines with reports that it was considering filing for bankruptcy. 

Red Lobster started as a single restaurant in Florida and worked its way up to becoming a national chain with investors and various owners, a behind-the-scenes route that many popular chain restaurants in the U.S. have followed as well. 

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And while we all recognize these chains by their name alone, many of them are actually grouped together and owned by just a few restaurant groups. 

Here is a look at which companies own some of the biggest names in the restaurant business:

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Yum Brands

  • KFC
  • Pizza Hut
  • Taco Bell
  • The Habit Burger Grill

Restaurant Brands International

  • Tim Hortons
  • Burger King
  • Popeyes
  • Firehouse Subs


  • Olive Garden
  • Longhorn Steakhouse
  • Yard House
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House
  • Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
  • The Capital Grille
  • Seasons 52
  • Eddie V’s
  • Bahama Breeze

JAB Holding

  • Krispy Kreme
  • Panera
  • Espresso House
  • Pret A Manger

Focus Brands

  • Carvel
  • Jamba
  • Auntie Anne’s
  • Cinnabon
  • Schlotzsky’s
  • Moe’s
  • McAlister’s

Inspire Brands

  • Arby’s
  • Baskin Robbins
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Dunkin’
  • Jimmy John’s
  • Sonic

Bloomin’ Brands

  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill
  • Bonefish Grill
  • Fleming’s
  • Aussie Grill

Brinker International

  • Chili’s Grill & Bar
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy
  • It’s Just Wings

This story was reported from Detroit.