The value proposition: Bloomin’ Brands is the parent company of Outback Steakhouse, purveyor of the iconic Bloomin’ Onion. But it’s a casual-dining power house. Its other units include Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar. All told, Bloomin’ has 1,400 locations in 49 states and more than 20 countries. Bloomin’ is owned by a consortium of private-equity firms, including Bain Capital. The company, which sports the ticker “BLMN,” began trading on the Nasdaq on Wednesday, after raising $176 milliion. Like many companies bought by private-equity firms, Bloomin’ is saddled with debt. According to Reuters, the purpose of the IPO is to retire some of that debt.
Demographic: families, fans of Crocodile Dundee
Signature Dish: Bloomin’ Onion
Calories: 1,959 (!)