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Olive Garden offering free babysitting to customers who want a date night
New York Daily News ^ | FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2014 | Victoria Taylor

Posted on 02/02/2014 8:58:12 PM PST by nickcarraway

Parents can leave their little ones at a My Gym location on Feb. 7 before they head to the restaurant chain for dinner, and Olive Garden will cover the babysitting bill.

Olive Garden’s new promotion mixes three things parents are sure to love: a romantic dinner, unlimited breadsticks and free babysitting.

The restaurant chain has teamed up with kids’ fitness center franchise My Gym for a special evening of children-free dining called “Parents' Night Out.”

On Feb. 7, parents can drop their little ones off at a participating My Gym location and then go on a dinner date at Olive Garden. They will have to put down a deposit for the childcare, but that will be returned when they show their Olive Garden receipt.

My Gyms only have space for 30 kids, so reservations are being taken on a first-come, first-serve basis, according to a press release.

The deal is meant to spotlight Olive Garden’s two-for-$25 special, but a company rep told the Orlando Sentinel that diners can also try other items on the menu.

Some disappointed moms and dads took to Facebook to gripe that there isn’t a My Gym in their area. Others asked Olive Garden to consider running the promotion with another partner.

“At this time, we are just testing this offer. While we don't have additional locations at this time, it's possible that we will in the future,” the company wrote in response to a Facebook comment.


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Can you drop them off and go to another restaurant?
1 posted on 02/02/2014 8:58:12 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Their food is made from vats miles away. End of story.


2 posted on 02/02/2014 9:00:18 PM PST by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: samadams2000

It’s food?


3 posted on 02/02/2014 9:02:43 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: samadams2000
Funny Olive Garden Commercial
4 posted on 02/02/2014 9:04:14 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Processed just like Grandma’s factory used to make.


5 posted on 02/02/2014 9:05:27 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: nickcarraway

My girlfriend is Italian by blood. If I took her to Olive Garden, she would dump me.


6 posted on 02/02/2014 9:09:24 PM PST by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: samadams2000

Their food is made from vats miles away. End of story.

The rest of the story is they put a barrel of salt in the vat so customers will buy profitable drinks.


7 posted on 02/02/2014 9:11:02 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: nickcarraway
Probably but you will pay for it. This is a creative idea. Given the cost of a dinner for two these days, it just might make economic sense for the restaurant. It certainly would be a convenience for young marrieds and divorcees with children in custody.
8 posted on 02/02/2014 9:11:58 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: samadams2000
Their food is made from vats miles away. End of story.

Two restaurants in competition near me: "Roma Casual Italian and Greek" and "Olive Garden Restaurant" and "Macaroni Grill." The Roma Restaurant is the only one that is NOT part of a chain and the difference is obvious to me now. My wife convinced me with the test - why is it you feel sick an hour after eating too much at the chain restaurants, but when you eat too much at roma casual where everything is from scratch you want to go dancing?I say 'everything from scratch' because you can walk in and see the kitchen, there are no "vats" of sauce just blocks of butter, salt, fresh spices hanging etc..
9 posted on 02/02/2014 9:13:20 PM PST by golux
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To: Darren McCarty

So? I don’t see a problem with that.


10 posted on 02/02/2014 9:25:52 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway; Salamander
Bookmark this comment for the day when a thread appears with a title something like this:

"Suit Filed In 'Olive Garden Babysitting' Case-
Plaintiff Seeks $50MM in Punitive Damages &
Costs For Long Term Psychological Treatment"

11 posted on 02/02/2014 9:30:33 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Darren McCarty
My girlfriend is Italian by blood. If I took her to Olive Garden, she would dump me.

Is that the 51st way to leave your lover?

12 posted on 02/02/2014 9:42:56 PM PST by Veggie Todd (I don't always talk to Obama voters, but when I do I ask for Large Fries.)
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To: Darren McCarty
My girlfriend is Italian by blood.

What other way is there?

13 posted on 02/02/2014 9:43:59 PM PST by Veggie Todd (I don't always talk to Obama voters, but when I do I ask for Large Fries.)
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To: nickcarraway
So? I don’t see a problem with that.

I don't either. LOL

14 posted on 02/02/2014 9:59:49 PM PST by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: Veggie Todd

By having been born in Italy?


15 posted on 02/03/2014 12:44:57 AM PST by all the best (`~!)
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To: nickcarraway

Nothing is free. Other diners are helping to pick up the babysitting tab for date nite.


16 posted on 02/03/2014 1:12:34 AM PST by Nickname
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To: nickcarraway

>> Can you drop them off and go to another restaurant?

Funny.


17 posted on 02/03/2014 3:36:22 AM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: samadams2000

You mean it’s not fresh? Really? They aren’t making the pasta there? Get outta here! I hope that doesn’t become a trend among every. chain. in. America.

Get over it.


18 posted on 02/03/2014 3:49:20 AM PST by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: golux

“Roma Casual Italian and Greek”

Sorry but that is a chain. LOL


19 posted on 02/03/2014 3:51:04 AM PST by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: Darren McCarty

“My girlfriend is Italian by blood.”

huh? What other way are you talking about?


20 posted on 02/03/2014 3:52:24 AM PST by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: nickcarraway

It sure is...and it’s delicious. My wife and I love...LOVE!!! the Olive Garden.


21 posted on 02/03/2014 6:02:17 AM PST by driftless2
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To: Veggie Todd

“By blood” I mean American born instead of the “old country.”


22 posted on 02/03/2014 10:27:37 AM PST by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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