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Chili’s: Brand overview

Founded: March 13, 1975
Founder: Larry Lavine
Headquarters:
Coppell, Texas, U.S.
Website: chilis.com
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Chili’s is an American fast-food restaurant chain with an informal Southwestern-style atmosphere and original cuisine for those who love spicy food. It appeared in 1975 thanks to the initiative of Larry Lavine. The first eatery was located on Greenville Avenue in Dallas in a converted post office. It is now headquartered in Coppell, Texas, and is wholly owned by Brinker International.

Meaning and History

Chili's Logo History

What is Chili’s?

These are fast food restaurants in the USA with Mexican cuisine. The Chili’s logo directly evidences this with hot peppers. These establishments have a relaxed atmosphere with a Southwestern style design. The year of the appearance of the network is 1975. Its founder is Larry Lavine, who opened the first eatery in the city of Dallas. Now the head office is located in Coppell, Texas, and the brand itself is owned by Brinker International.

Beginning as a small site in Dallas’ Vickery Meadows neighborhood, the restaurant gradually grew into a major culinary and food enterprise. Six years after opening, it moved to a new location in the same town. That was in 1981. The second and final move was in 2007.

The founder’s concept into his business was simple: to create an atmosphere of relaxation for visitors in a dining restaurant with comprehensive service. The menu from the beginning consisted of several types of burgers offered at an affordable price. The business was profitable, and in the early 1980s, the company already had twenty-eight Southwestern-designed eateries of the same name.

The establishment proved in demand, and in 1983 it was bought from Larry Lavine by entrepreneur Norman E. Brinker, a member of the Pillsbury group. In 1990, the fast-food chain changed its menu significantly. In addition to chili pepper dishes, other offerings appeared: scrambled eggs, toast, waffles, pancakes, cereal, scrambled eggs, and bacon. The hours of operation also changed, as fast-food outlets began opening at 6 a.m. But in 2018, breakfast was removed from the menu, and opening times reverted to the previous schedule. It now serves American and Mexican cuisine.

Chili’s is very focused on advertising, preferring it as an effective marketing tool. That’s why the restaurant focuses on the logo. It serves a triple function: it is a sign of personal identity, is used as a signage, and supports the brand identity. A total of three modifications of the logo were carried out.

1975

Chili's Logo 1975

1975 – 1983

Chili's Logo 1975-1983

The debut symbolism was not unique. It was simple lettering in puffy lower case letters. The foot of the “h” went beyond the lower case and joined the adjacent “i.” Miniature chili pepper was used instead of an apostrophe.

1983 – 2002

Chili's Logo 1983

After transitioning to a new owner, the restaurant chain received a different logo. The lettering style was changed to a friendlier one, and the letters did not have any sharp corners. The lines were smooth and streamlined, and the “h” transitioned harmoniously into the “l.” The designers pushed the “s” close to the rest of the name but still left the pepper in between. At the bottom, there was an ellipse with the words “Grill & Bar.” They were spaced apart.

2002 – 2011

Chili's Logo 2002

The subtitle “Grill & Bar” is gone, and the inter-letter space has increased. The dots above the “i” (or rather ovals) got bigger, and the chili pepper got a curve to the left side. The color scheme remained the same: a combination of green and red.

2011 – today

Chili's Logo

The updated logo was submitted by the agency Tesser Inc, which already had experience in similar work, as it created the logo for Del Taco. The designers replaced the inscription “Chili” with an image of pepper and disguised the apostrophe with its stalk. In the end, only the letter “s” remained from the inscription. Gone, too, is the green top. This version is much more in line with the style and cuisine of the fast-food chain.

Font and Colors of the Emblem

Chili's Emblem

The company only updated the logo design three times. And with each new version, the chili pepper got more and more recognizable, distinct features. As a result, it became much more noticeable. So gradually, there was a transition from the text designation to a graphic one.

Chili's Symbol

The inscription on the logo is made in Barmeno style, streamlined, rounded, and sans serif. It was created by Hans Reichel, who designed the font in 1983. The signature palette consists of the natural colors of chili peppers – red and green, the shades of which have changed from year to year in the direction of brightening. The debut logo was dominated by dark brown (the name) and yellow (the background).

Chili’s color codes

Maximum Green Hex color: #549821
RGB: 84 152 33
CMYK: 45 0 78 40
Pantone: PMS 361 C
Pigment Red Hex color: #ee2722
RGB: 63 194 204
CMYK: 0 84 86 7
Pantone: PMS Bright Red C

The Chili's logo has three purposes. First, it shows what kind of cuisine is served in this restaurant. Second, it supports the Southeast interior design theme. Third, it serves as a sign for this chain's branded fast food restaurants. In addition, this emblem has another meaning: it emphasizes that such fast food is intended for those who prefer well-seasoned food.

The Chili's emblem symbolizes the generously seasoned Mexican food served at this restaurant chain. But over time, the menu has diversified, and American dishes have appeared in it, which are not characterized by excessive sharpness of taste. But the logo has survived as it has become widely recognizable and competitive.

The Chili's logo has been upgraded several times. But the most dramatic change came in 2011 when it received a custom design that combined text and graphics. This is what caused the change in the image of visual identity. As a result, the restaurant chain has become the owner of a modern and simple red chili sign, the stalk of which has replaced the apostrophe before the letter ‘s.’ So the company has achieved bright minimalism.

This American company changed its logo four times: in 1975, 1983, 2002, and 2011. The first three times were associated with minor adjustments to the same option. And the last fix was the most decisive, as it allowed us to visualize the name of the fast food restaurant chain and perfectly match the graphics with the text. This is how the famous Chili's emblem without a long inscription appeared.

Why is chilis called chilis?

Both the name of the fast food chain and the logo of Chili's contain chili because, in 1967, Larry Lavine was impressed by the way this product was prepared in Texas and then decided to develop a custom recipe. In 1975, he used it for hamburgers, which he introduced in his diner, making it a staple on the menu. That is why the company was named after a spicy vegetable.

What is chili's slogan?

This company has two advertising slogans that it uses for marketing promotion in the market. First: ‘Like no place else.’ Second: ‘Fun. Fresh. Flavorful.’ They relate to the food and the ambiance of these chain restaurants. But none of them are present in the Chili's logo: it has only the image of fresh red pepper.

This American restaurant chain has been associated with chili since the beginning because it is named after him. This relationship has become the basis of identity. This decision was made by Larry Lavine, who opened his first diner. This vegetable made such a strong impression on him (in taste and method of preparation) that he decided to make it #1 on the menu. This is how fast food with chili peppers in the title role appeared. The tangy fruit and its color palette have been carried over into Chili's logo.