Form 8-K



Washington, DC 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 3, 2004




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)



Delaware   0-49916   84-1573084

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

  (Commission File Number)  

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)


6312 S Fiddler’s Green Circle, Suite 200 N    
Greenwood Village, CO   80111
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (303) 846-6000


Not Applicable

Former name or former address, if changed since last report



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Item 5.05 Amendment to Registrant’s Code of Ethics, or Waiver of a Provision of the Code of Ethics


On November 3, 2004, the Board of Directors of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (the “Company”), upon the recommendation of the Audit Committee, passed a resolution which grants a waiver of Item II F., Diversion of a Corporate Opportunity, under the Company’s Code of Ethics. This waiver was granted to the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael J. Snyder, and its Senior Vice President of Restaurant Operations, Robert J. Merullo. Mr. Snyder abstained from the vote upon the Board of Directors’ resolution.


Mr. Snyder and Mr. Merullo own 31.0% and 7.0%, respectively, of Mach Robin, LLC (Mach Robin), which operates Red Robin restaurants in Illinois, New Mexico, Idaho and Nevada. An entity controlled by Mach Robin also operates 18 Red Robin restaurants in two Canadian provinces. The Board granted the waiver with respect to conflicts of interest resulting from a proposed area development agreement between Red Robin International, Inc. and Mach Robin granting a franchise development right to Mach Robin in Meridian, Idaho, a suburb of Boise, Idaho.


The Audit Committee determined that the terms of the agreement were no less favorable to the Company than the terms that could have been negotiated with other, unrelated parties.


The Company’s Code of Ethics is posted on the Company’s website at



Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.




a Delaware corporation


/s/ John W. Grant

Date: November 8, 2004           Vice President and General Counsel