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Olive Garden, Red Lobster to Move Into Middle East
Orlando Sentinel ^ | 10/20/2010 | Sandra Pedicini

Posted on 10/20/2010 10:50:41 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Never-ending pasta bowls and Cheddar Bay biscuits are on their way to the Middle East.

Orlando-based Darden Restaurants on Tuesday revealed plans to open Red Lobsters, Olive Gardens and LongHorn Steakhouses in seven Middle Eastern countries.

It will be Darden's first foray into international territory other than in Canada, where Darden operates some restaurants, and Japan, where a separate company runs 25 Red Lobsters.

Darden has an agreement with Americana Group, which will develop at least 60 restaurants in Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates during the next five years. The first should open within a year.

More international deals are expected, Darden executives said Tuesday. Those could include restaurants in Mexico, where the company is talking with several potential partners.

Darden, which has more than 1,800 restaurants and annual revenues of $7.1 billion, is following the lead of other chains that already have established a presence in the region. Americana, a major franchiser, has operated restaurants for KFC, Pizza Hut, Hardee's, Krispy Kreme and TGI Friday's.

The business of setting up shop in the Middle East is "growing by leaps and bounds," said Alisa Harrison, vice president of communications for the International Franchise Association.

Darden said it's not worried about security issues. Industry experts said that many of the countries into which Darden is expanding are stable and that in some of the more volatile areas, restaurant companies rely on partners who pick safer neighborhoods with tight security.

With slower growth expected in the United States casual-dining market, "we're being more aggressive about looking for growth opportunities" elsewhere, said J.J. Buettgen, Darden's senior vice president of new business development.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: chains; dardenrestaurants; floriduh; globalism; halal; middleeast; olivebranch; olivegarden; restaurant
Uh oh, this will make them mad. And it will be justified.
1 posted on 10/20/2010 10:50:50 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

They should set up a bbq joint over there.

But seriously, they have some of the best food in the world. Who would want crappy ol Olive Garden?


2 posted on 10/20/2010 10:55:46 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: nickcarraway; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono; The Comedian; Lucky9teen
ohammed's
3 posted on 10/20/2010 10:56:49 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: goseminoles

4 posted on 10/20/2010 10:58:24 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: nickcarraway

Well, just a few more restaurants for Hammas, the muslim bro-hoodies,and the jihad to target.

The security costs for these chains, and the insurance involved will evolve to be phenomenal.

Someone has a few loose screws at corporate HQ.

“Wanted, short order cooks and waitpersons with fire arms training.” /s

Dine with US, We Shoot First ! ( Explosives Sniffing Dogs at each location 24/7)/s


5 posted on 10/20/2010 10:59:21 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama . fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: goseminoles

YESSSSsssss!

BBQ pork ribs!!!


6 posted on 10/20/2010 11:00:53 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama . fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: nickcarraway; Slings and Arrows
Americana, a major franchiser, has operated restaurants for KFC, Pizza Hut, Hardee's, Krispy Kreme and TGI Friday's

Just don't bring up what TGI Friday means...

7 posted on 10/20/2010 11:01:19 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: nickcarraway

How does one eat Olive Garden spagetti through the mesh in your burqa?

Doomed to failure!


8 posted on 10/20/2010 11:05:17 AM PDT by Noob1999 (Where's Meg Whitman when we need her?)
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To: a fool in paradise

Wouldn’t that be TAI Friday’s


9 posted on 10/20/2010 11:06:56 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("It's amazing, A man who has such large ears could be so tone deaf" Rush Limbaugh 9/8/10)
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To: nickcarraway

I thought it was a sin for Muslims to eat lobster?


10 posted on 10/20/2010 11:08:33 AM PDT by mainestategop (Don’t Let Freedom Slip Away After America , There is No Place to Go)
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To: goseminoles
They should set up a bbq joint over there.

'Fat Boys' would be a start.

11 posted on 10/20/2010 11:08:45 AM PDT by AU72
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To: nickcarraway

Since the early fifties, what amounts to two thirds of US corporations do not pay taxes, they keep their overseas profits overseas, create jobs overseas.

The expansion of the Olive Garden, etc. may not be expected to benefit the US at all financially.


12 posted on 10/20/2010 11:14:23 AM PDT by givemELL (Does Taiwan eet the Criteria to Qualify as an "Overseas Territory of the United States"? by Richar)
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To: nickcarraway

Since the early fifties, what amounts to two thirds of US corporations do not pay taxes, they keep their overseas profits overseas, create jobs overseas.

The expansion of the Olive Garden, etc. may not be expected to benefit the US at all financially.


13 posted on 10/20/2010 11:14:32 AM PDT by givemELL (Does Taiwan eet the Criteria to Qualify as an "Overseas Territory of the United States"? by Richar)
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To: Noob1999
How does one eat Olive Garden spagetti through the mesh in your burqa?

So go for the bottomless bowl of soup instead, you should...

14 posted on 10/20/2010 11:18:35 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: givemELL

As US restaurants go muslim, so will the food suppliers. Imam only trust muslim vendors to offer “halal” products.


15 posted on 10/20/2010 11:19:45 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: nickcarraway

Aren’t Muslims (and the Jewish) forbidden from eating lobster, crab, shrimp, etc?


16 posted on 10/20/2010 11:22:12 AM PDT by Ro_Thunder (Press want Obama = “Camelot II - The Return of JFK”, not “Peanuts II - that’s all you’ll have l)
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To: goseminoles

17 posted on 10/20/2010 11:29:40 AM PDT by shove_it (have a nice day)
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To: nickcarraway

And Mexico? Food is one thing Mexico does right, how could there possibly be a market for bland US chain restaurants there?


18 posted on 10/20/2010 11:30:43 AM PDT by smalltownslick
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To: givemELL
Since the early fifties, what amounts to two thirds of US corporations do not pay taxes, they keep their overseas profits overseas, create jobs overseas. The expansion of the Olive Garden, etc. may not be expected to benefit the US at all financially.

Give me a break. We're talking about restaurants here. There are only so many that the market will support in the US.It may seem like there's a McDonald's on every corner here, but that's not the case. Why not take advantage of new markets?

BTW, any American can buy stock in Darden and reap the benefits of overseas expansion.

19 posted on 10/20/2010 11:40:20 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: a fool in paradise

I think as Muslims go American, they will change a lot.


20 posted on 10/20/2010 11:50:50 AM PDT by stuartcr (When politicians politicize issues, aren't they just doing their job?)
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To: SJackson

Ping


21 posted on 10/20/2010 12:17:00 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: shove_it

Yummy!!!


22 posted on 10/20/2010 12:17:09 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: stuartcr

A small number of muslims go native. But when the penalty is death they won’t stray too far


23 posted on 10/20/2010 5:18:16 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: nickcarraway
Pssssst! No shell fish.
24 posted on 10/20/2010 5:30:05 PM PDT by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: driftdiver

I don’t believe that will happen here.


25 posted on 10/21/2010 7:04:58 AM PDT by stuartcr (When politicians politicize issues, aren't they just doing their job?)
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