Outback Steakhouse (or simply Outback) is an Australian-themed American casual dining restaurant chain owned and operated by OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC (OSI). The brand was formed in February 1988 in Tampa, Florida by Robert D. 'Bob' Basham, Chris T. Sullivan, Trudy Cooper and Tim Gannon. As of December 31, 2011, OSI owned/operated 669 restaurants domestically and 111 internationally. In addition, they have 153 franchised locations across the world and a joint venture comprising 34 international locations. The enterprise, originally called Multi-Venture Partners, Inc., was founded in Florida in 1987 by three partners, Tim Gannon, Bob Basham, and Chris Sullivan, all of whom had experience in the restaurant industry. The first Outback Steakhouse opened in 1988 in Tampa, Florida with Australian decor and American food. Within 15 months, five more restaurants had been opened. The chain passed the 100-restaurant mark in March 1993, having expanded into 15 states.