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Darden profit off 28% as Olive Garden sales slip (Thanks to Michelle Obama...)
Marketwatch ^ | 12/16/11 | Annie Gasparro

Posted on 12/16/2011 5:45:46 PM PST by jimbo123

--Olive Garden's struggles continue to weigh down Darden's earnings

--Darden says Olive Garden didn't change with the times coming out of recession

--Expects lower commodity inflation, more cost savings initiatives in second half of FY12

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Darden Restaurants Inc.'s DRI -.00% fiscal second-quarter earnings fell 28% on continued woes at the casual-dining company's Olive Garden restaurant chain.

Over the past year, Darden, which also owns Red Lobster and Longhorn Steakhouse, has struggled to garner momentum for Olive Garden, its largest chain, chalking up the sales and traffic declines to promotional misfires and increased competition.

(Excerpt) Read more at marketwatch.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fail; garlic; mafia; michelleobama; obamafail; olivegarden; sex; vomit
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1 posted on 12/16/2011 5:45:50 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Moochelle and her flop earred commie hubby are never good for business. LOL

Everything they touch turns to sh*t.


2 posted on 12/16/2011 5:49:45 PM PST by dforest
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To: All

Flashback:

Restaurant chain partnering with White House anti-obesity campaign received ObamaCare Waiver

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2779658/posts

Olive Garden bans American Flag, would disrupt dining experience

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2792083/posts


3 posted on 12/16/2011 5:50:30 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

The food is pretty lousy IMHO.


4 posted on 12/16/2011 5:50:54 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: jimbo123

The food is pretty lousy IMHO.


5 posted on 12/16/2011 5:51:10 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: indylindy
Everything they touch turns to sh*t.


6 posted on 12/16/2011 5:52:12 PM PST by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
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To: AAABEST

LOL, If you own a business and the Obama’s come calling, you know it is soon to be all over.

just a factoid


7 posted on 12/16/2011 5:53:42 PM PST by dforest
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To: indylindy

8 posted on 12/16/2011 5:54:27 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: colorado tanker

I was going to say a combination of horrible service and crappy food.

The last two times I tried the OG I walked out before getting food. 1 time is a server issue, twice in a row is a management issue.


9 posted on 12/16/2011 5:57:33 PM PST by pennyfarmer (Even a RINO will chew its foot off when caught in a trap.)
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Nearest OG is 2 hour drive no matter which direction I go... so going to OG is a treat for me.


10 posted on 12/16/2011 5:57:46 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (Hope & Change - I'm out of hope, and change is all I have left every week | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: AAABEST

LOL, If you own a business and the Obama’s come calling, you know it is soon to be all over.

just a factoid


11 posted on 12/16/2011 5:57:58 PM PST by dforest
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To: jimbo123
I have not eaten at any of their restaurants since they let the wookie dictate the menu...
12 posted on 12/16/2011 5:59:50 PM PST by Hogblog
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To: jimbo123

When people find out this unelected woman is meddling in a business, they just boycott the place.

Funny thing is that it isn’t like it is some planned effort.

People just know if Moochelle is screwing around with a place, they aren’t interested.

A kiss of death.


13 posted on 12/16/2011 6:02:16 PM PST by dforest
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To: jimbo123

I’m partially responsible for this.

I asked for seconds, thirds, ad infinitum on their Never Ending Pasta Bowl. (Which actually ended recently.)

They also let me take home what I couldn’t finish, unlimited salad included. So they definitely lost money on me.


14 posted on 12/16/2011 6:02:45 PM PST by QuestingElf
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To: jimbo123

I LOVE good Italian food.

I went to Olive Garden once.

That was enough...
maybe more than enough!


15 posted on 12/16/2011 6:05:15 PM PST by djf (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2801220/posts)
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To: jimbo123

Can’t really feel much pity for them after they let Moochelle tell them how much people need to eat and not letting the American Flag into the restaurant!


16 posted on 12/16/2011 6:09:06 PM PST by jakerobins
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To: jakerobins

Mrs. Obama applauds Olive Garden announcement

http://news.yahoo.com/mrs-obama-applauds-olive-garden-announcement-161936772.html


17 posted on 12/16/2011 6:11:05 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

I don’t like chain restaurants, but Olive Garden is the one I can stand. It would never be my first choice, but if I’m forced to go to a chain, I will go there without complaining. I don’t understand the comments about crappy food, I never had anything that wasn’t good. Just the endless salad bowl and breadsticks is enough. I say this only because it’s one company and their other places are really crappy. But I don’t understand the attacks on Olive Garden’s food. Their policies, their politics, now that’s another matter.


18 posted on 12/16/2011 6:14:41 PM PST by smalltownslick
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To: jakerobins


Don't forget that Olive Garden received an ObamaCare waiver in exchange for their collaboration with Moochelle.
19 posted on 12/16/2011 6:16:52 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: pennyfarmer

we patronize OG in Kokomo, Indiana...a little wait for the food, but otherwise, everything is great!!!


20 posted on 12/16/2011 6:19:44 PM PST by terycarl (lurking, but well informed)
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To: jimbo123

Did somebody eat too many breadsticks?


21 posted on 12/16/2011 6:27:35 PM PST by newzjunkey (Republicans will find a way to reelect Obama and Speaker Pelosi.)
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To: jimbo123

Isn’t Olive Garden, like something from the Bible, or some other book? I can’t quite recall.


22 posted on 12/16/2011 6:29:48 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: smalltownslick

“But I don’t understand the attacks on Olive Garden’s food.”

I’m with you. The idea of never leaving hungry, with salad and bread sticks, and their decent Italian food are plenty good for me. I also have had MUCH BETTER luck with their servers than what I get with many ‘mom and pop’ operations, where they really think you’re their children. I almost think that a lot of these Olive Garden bashers are the same type of people that bash Walmart and McDonalds, in between visits there.

Having said all of that, I am in NO MOOD to forgive them for hopping in the sack with Michelle. I sent them a couple of notes back then, I plan to send them more notes now. Essentially, I want them to publicly distance themselves from that bunch and re-affirm loyalty to their CUSTOMERS. If they’re not up to that, then they lose me (and many, many, others) I suspect.


23 posted on 12/16/2011 6:31:16 PM PST by BobL ("Heartless" and "Inhumane" FReepers for Cain - we've HAD ENOUGH)
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To: colorado tanker

If my Italian grandmother could taste the slop OG puts out, she would be chasing the chef around with a meat cleaver. There is nothing as atrocious as bad Italian food, and Olive Garden is it.


24 posted on 12/16/2011 6:32:03 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: jimbo123

Could it be that at some point people will eat real Italian food? And once they do, they will realize how much Olive Garden sucks.


25 posted on 12/16/2011 6:34:29 PM PST by Vermont Lt (I just don't like anything about the President. And I don't think he's a nice guy.)
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To: jimbo123

Bringing in nanny Michelle was such a bad idea for business.

The socialist CEO’s need to be retired from power and influence, pronto. Fascism sounds like a good idea to alot of these freaks. American business needs people who understand and respect American traditional ethics, freedom and culture. That is what made their business and the wealth we all seek possible.


26 posted on 12/16/2011 6:35:47 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: jimbo123

If I was going to redesign Olive Garden, I would start by getting rid of the trendy and pricey “decor” entrees, and go back to traditional Italian cuisine, with some popular American additions.

A lot of their menu is overly elaborate crapola, which is both expensive, wasteful, and doesn’t taste unique enough to merit its style.

If you examine the menus of restaurants that have been around, with the same management, for 50 years or more, you will see that their menu is simple, so their prices are low, and they are always packed with customers.


27 posted on 12/16/2011 6:35:58 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Keith in Iowa
Nearest OG is 2 hour drive no matter which direction I go... so going to OG is a treat for me.

Sounds like the distance is a blessing in disguise.

28 posted on 12/16/2011 6:41:15 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: BobL

“But I don’t understand the attacks on Olive Garden’s food.”

I don’t either. It’s not the best Italian food but it’s perfectly fine and reasonably priced. I know many people simpy hate chain restaurants out of reflex. There are always quite a few food snobs on this board.


29 posted on 12/16/2011 6:45:47 PM PST by NotSoFreeStater (If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice)
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To: jimbo123

I’m surprised my bar tabs at Capital Grille haven’t offset Darden’s OG losses.


30 posted on 12/16/2011 6:50:36 PM PST by paddles ("The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates." Tacitus)
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To: terycarl

The wife and I like OG as well. Judging from the negative comments on this forum whenever someone brings up a chain restaurant, either the naysayers are gourmets or I and my wife just don’t know bad food when we eat it. I get the feeling a lot of people here would be impossible to please food-wise.


31 posted on 12/16/2011 7:11:09 PM PST by driftless2
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To: BobL

Totally agree!!


32 posted on 12/16/2011 7:12:26 PM PST by smalltownslick
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To: BobL
"mom and pop"

Whatever one thinks about chains (and my wife and I like most of them just fine), you can be reasonably sure of the quality of the food. We've been burned (and delighted at times) by some mom and pop eatery that some people raved about and turned out to be dismal. Some great ones and some very bad ones. Let's just say after quite a few trips out west in the last ten years, we know where the good chains and the good mom and pops are located. Golden Corral is our favorite when we're on the road. Especially since there's none within 150 miles of where we live.

33 posted on 12/16/2011 7:17:51 PM PST by driftless2
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To: Hogblog
I have not eaten at any of their restaurants since they let the wookie dictate the menu...

I stopped when I discovered that Darden underwrites Planned Parenthood. Why would any customer driven business want to murder the next generation of potential customers?

34 posted on 12/16/2011 7:18:40 PM PST by The Theophilus (Obama's Key to win 2012: Ban Haloperidol)
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To: driftless2

Eat there maybe once every two years, thats when I get a Gift Cert for Xmas. The Wife and I think the Seafood Portofino isn’t half bad, I always get it to go.


35 posted on 12/16/2011 7:26:11 PM PST by DAC21
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To: driftless2

Like all chains, some are just better than others. The OG near me stinks.


36 posted on 12/16/2011 7:42:13 PM PST by stilloftyhenight
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To: NotSoFreeStater; BobL
OG is to Italian food the same way as Taco Bell is to Mexican food.

Not so bad if you're not expecing something better, but not authentic Italian.

37 posted on 12/16/2011 7:49:22 PM PST by Designer (Nit-pickin' and chagrinin')
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To: Designer

“OG is to Italian food the same way as Taco Bell is to Mexican food.”

Not so bad if you’re not expecing something better, but not authentic Italian.

I agree. I have REAL Italian places that I do go to. I just don’t get unlimited salad, drinks, and bread sticks. But they are quite a bit more expensive (obviously).


38 posted on 12/16/2011 8:05:04 PM PST by BobL ("Heartless" and "Inhumane" FReepers for Cain - we've HAD ENOUGH)
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To: driftless2

“Whatever one thinks about chains (and my wife and I like most of them just fine), you can be reasonably sure of the quality of the food.”

And there’s a darn good reason for that. If McDonalds serves a batch of spoiled meat, EVERY McDonalds is tainted, and they all suffer...and enough of that puts them out of business. If a mom and pop place finds an unrefrigerated batch of and serves it, it likely doesn’t even make the news.

That forces the chains to have VERY STRICT health guidelines. Still not perfect...but I suspect much more reliable than the mom and pop operations.


39 posted on 12/16/2011 8:12:34 PM PST by BobL ("Heartless" and "Inhumane" FReepers for Cain - we've HAD ENOUGH)
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To: NotSoFreeStater
I don’t either. It’s not the best Italian food but it’s perfectly fine and reasonably priced. I know many people simpy hate chain restaurants out of reflex. There are always quite a few food snobs on this board.

I'm no food snob, but I know good Italian food. I used to go hunting with a bunch of Italians that ran the restaurants and bars in a neighboring city. We rented a farm house and these guys would do all the cooking, and they were competitive! I have never eaten so well. That said, I consider OG to be as genuine Italian as Taco Bell is Mexican but it's not bad food.

40 posted on 12/16/2011 8:31:30 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: jimbo123

Good. I have sworn off ALL Darden restaurants because of their Hussein ass kissing.


41 posted on 12/16/2011 8:32:58 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: BobL

I swear I didn’t read yours before I wrote mine!


42 posted on 12/16/2011 8:33:50 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: CrazyIvan

“I swear I didn’t read yours before I wrote mine!”

LOL, I do believe you.


43 posted on 12/16/2011 8:44:49 PM PST by BobL ("Heartless" and "Inhumane" FReepers for Cain - we've HAD ENOUGH)
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To: jimbo123

Olive Garden sucks, I’ll never go back again- I only went because of a gift card. Red Lobster has made my wife and several family members sick, multiple times. I didn’t know that they were the same outfit until this thread. (I love Fishdaddy’s!)


44 posted on 12/16/2011 9:21:54 PM PST by matthew fuller (Hey Buckwheat- What the Hell are we paying you for?...(GO LEROY!))
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To: Vermont Lt
Could it be that at some point people will eat real Italian food? And once they do, they will realize how much Olive Garden sucks.

I went to Italy for 10 days and ate "real Italian food". I prefer Olive Garden - at least there's some variety. We ate the same thing every darn day.

45 posted on 12/16/2011 9:38:25 PM PST by Shethink13
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To: terycarl
I like the food at the Olive Garden here in Fairlawn, OH. But I don't like the fact that the US flag is banned. Had I known that, I would not have bought a gift certificate for her family this Christmas.
46 posted on 12/16/2011 9:51:21 PM PST by RightLady (Liberty above all)
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To: fatnotlazy
If my Italian grandmother could taste the slop OG puts out, she would be chasing the chef around with a meat cleaver...funny - my Italian (second generation Sicilian) wife and I, living in our small town with about a 60% Italian population and a number of local Italian eateries, eat at one or another of several nearby OG's probably once a month - and like it - a matter of taste apparently.....
47 posted on 12/16/2011 9:54:25 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: terycarl

I like the food at the Olive Garden here in Fairlawn, OH. But I don’t like the fact that the US flag is banned. Had I known that, I would not have bought my daughter a gift certificate for her family this Christmas.


48 posted on 12/16/2011 9:55:15 PM PST by RightLady (Liberty above all)
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To: fatnotlazy

I grew up in the Finger Lakes region of Western NY where even the names in the phone books have mustaches!

I was eating stuffed peppers before most people were even weaned!

My mom made this amazing red sauce that you could eat on anything, hell, if you put it on your Cheerios they’d be the best Cheerios you ever ate in your life!

Cripes my mom was German and she made better Italian food than I had at OG....


49 posted on 12/16/2011 11:16:37 PM PST by djf (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2801220/posts)
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To: Shethink13

I have an 89 year old Italian MIL. You are welcome to come over any day to enjoy the best sauce ever. I would love to eat it every day. My cardiologists suggests otherwise.


50 posted on 12/17/2011 5:40:02 AM PST by Vermont Lt (I just don't like anything about the President. And I don't think he's a nice guy.)
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