Norman Brinker, 78, the Dallasite who founded Chili’s, died Tuesday while on vacation in Colorado Springs. Whether or not his many restaurants–Chili’s, Bennigan’s, Steak & Ale–were my cup of tea, I certainly acknowledge the influence he had on Texas restaurant scene and the enormous respect and affection with which he was regarded by his colleagues. If you’re interested in reading more, here’s a well-written obituary, from the Dallas Morning News.