September 19, 2008

MADD Supporters Ask Why Some “Family-Friendly” Restaurants Back Pro-Drunk Driving Group

Thousands of supporters of Mothers Against Drunk Driving are asking some “family-friendly” chain restaurants to stop hiding behind the American Beverage Institute (ABI) and to withdraw their membership from this restaurant and alcohol industry lobbying group.

This week, MADD delivered more than 9,100 petitions to Mr. Steven Shlemon, president of ABI and president of Carrabba’s Italian Grill, at ABI’s board meeting asking that he remove Carrabba’s and its parent company Outback Steakhouse from ABI’s membership, with more petitions to come.

Supporters of ABI are the parent corporations of some of the best-known chain restaurants in the country including:
  • Applebee’s
  • Bahama Breeze
  • Carrabba’s
  • Chili’s
  • Macaroni Grill
  • Maggiano’s
  • Olive Garden
  • On the Border
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • P.F. Chang’s
  • Red Lobster
  • T.G.I. Friday’s
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