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Olive Garden parent Darden suffers from bad specials, 'Obamacare'(Failing CEO is Obama groupie...)
NY Times ^ | 12/4/12 | Tiffany Hsu

Posted on 12/04/2012 10:15:56 AM PST by jimbo123

Darden Restaurants Inc. won’t be looking as good as expected next week when the restaurant company is set to release its second-quarter earnings, it said Tuesday.

The Olive Garden, Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse parent lowered its profit and revenue projections for the quarter ended Nov. 25, blaming sour promotions in its eateries, Superstorm Sandy, its purchase of the Yard House USA chain and even its efforts to mitigate the coming costs of healthcare reform, also known as "Obamacare."

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bhoeconomy; darden; fail; obamacare; olivegarden; restaurant
Unexpected!
1 posted on 12/04/2012 10:16:00 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

CEO = Chief Excuse Officer


2 posted on 12/04/2012 10:17:07 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Must be a typographical error. They didn’t mention George W. Bush.


3 posted on 12/04/2012 10:19:32 AM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: jimbo123

This probably didn’t help either.

Red Lobster Waitress Attacked By 3 Black Females For Refilling Water Glasses in Illinois

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Z3KoJOY5sI


4 posted on 12/04/2012 10:20:26 AM PST by ILS21R (Everything... IS... a conspiracy)
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To: jimbo123

When I found out the CEO was an Obamugabe boot licker, we quit going to Red Lobster.

We had quit going to Olive Garden years ago—but still frequented RL.

Not anymore.

Nice to see the company suffering—hopefully it’ll create a “wake up” call to the Obamugabe fans running the place.


5 posted on 12/04/2012 10:22:56 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: ILS21R

Lips that touch liberalism, shall never touch mine.


6 posted on 12/04/2012 10:24:07 AM PST by coldbluesteel (Endo)
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To: jimbo123

Olive Garden is horrid but then again I’m married to a great Italian cook. Red Lobster is good if you don’t live in New England because the rest of the country has no clue how to actually cook seafood. Longhorn Steakhouse is simply awesome. Love ‘em but that was before I discovered a local restaurant that dry ages their steaks for 21 days.


7 posted on 12/04/2012 10:24:27 AM PST by TheRhinelander
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To: TheRhinelander

According to this website http://newsmeat.com/fec/bystate_detail.php?st=FL&last=Otis&first=Clarence Otis, the CEO of Olive Garden has given substantially to Democrats...a few dozen, and to one solitary single Republican. I won´t be going to either Lobster City or Olive Gardens. Can´t afford any of my money ending up in political coffers of the party that has destroyed the economy of America.


8 posted on 12/04/2012 10:26:28 AM PST by rovenstinez
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To: SoFloFreeper

We went to olive garden three weeks ago. It was pleasant. I was surprised they didn’t cut portions like everyone claimed. We still had our normal meal the next day that we have been doing for years. There is so much information out there that is not accurate like olive garden was cutting portion size because Michelle Obama asked then too. I guess I should have known she probably hasn’t dined at Olive garden since 2008 at least.


9 posted on 12/04/2012 10:33:30 AM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: jimbo123

We used to go to Olive Garden. The place is a bit over priced, considering virtually everything they serve can be gotten from the frozen section at the grocery store at equal quality for a much lesser price.


10 posted on 12/04/2012 10:37:21 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: jimbo123

Darden’s CEO Clarence Otis being a Bronco Bama suck-up has taken a page from the fuhrer’s playbook: blame as many others as you can for your failure.

Bama’s failure is deliberate, however, he deliberately wounds and tries to kill America!


11 posted on 12/04/2012 10:42:07 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: KoRn

We stopped going to Olive Garbage over two decades ago.


12 posted on 12/04/2012 10:43:07 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: jimbo123

I don’t eat at any Darden owned restaurant and I don’t buy Progressive
Insurance. I don’t shop at JC Penneys either. To hell with Obama loving
companies.


13 posted on 12/04/2012 10:50:41 AM PST by tennmountainman
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To: jimbo123

I quit going to any Darden property when they started tip “sharing” i.e., confiscating tips and spreading them around to the back shop employees so they could get away with paying them less than minimum wage at the expense of the servers and bartenders. I worked for tips when I was younger so that rubbed me the wrong way.

That, and I can cook better than they serve. Salt and MSG should not be a substitute for skill.


14 posted on 12/04/2012 10:51:54 AM PST by Orangedog (An optimist is someone who tells you to 'cheer up' when things are going his way)
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To: tennmountainman

I ditched Progessive a few months back. New company costs a little more but ya gotta put your money where your mouth is. Now with Liberty Mutual.

They still give money to libs (wish they wouldn’t) but out give to the republicans 2 to 1.


15 posted on 12/04/2012 10:59:19 AM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: jimbo123

It’s the customers damn fault!


16 posted on 12/04/2012 11:00:07 AM PST by Average Al
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To: TheRhinelander

The two things I like at Olive Garden are the big bowls of salad and the Tuscan Steak which is very good. The pasta offerings are ordinary.


17 posted on 12/04/2012 11:00:13 AM PST by mc5cents
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To: ILS21R

LOL... You’ll find my response on the link under Rustynails113.

I can no longer help but make a joke out of all of this racist garbage.


18 posted on 12/04/2012 11:00:56 AM PST by Gator113 (**WHO in the hell gave the damn order to NOT rescue our men in Benghazi?**)
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To: jimbo123

Hmmmm, didn’t know Olive Garden had a Obamadork butt-licker CEO.

They are now on my :f*rt in the general direction” list.

From the replies, I’ve also added Red Lobster.

I will support no business that supports the Quota Baby Dork.


19 posted on 12/04/2012 11:03:17 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: SoFloFreeper

I quit going to Red Lobster for the same reason. Oh well, we eat lots of FRESH caught seafood at home.

Night before last we had Coho salmon that my wife caught. It was put in the freezer about 6 weeks ago, so it was not quite as excellent as it is the day it’s caught, but still excellent. ;>)


20 posted on 12/04/2012 11:07:30 AM PST by Gator113 (**WHO in the hell gave the damn order to NOT rescue our men in Benghazi?**)
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To: jimbo123
I haven't been back to Olive Garden since they were so rude to me and my husband..We went in and were the only ones there waiting for a table at the time..we sat there for close to an hour while others were being seated before us..I told my husband we should leave he said no just wait..I then went to the person that was seating everyone and ask when we would be seated she said we were next then we waited another ten minutes and I went back up and ask to see her boss..She then said oh we are ready to seat you.. I did write a letter to Olive Garden and told them who did this and told them their food wasn't worth waiting five minutes for much less and hour..I AM NOT A RUDE PERSON..I had never met or seen this girl that was so rude before..
21 posted on 12/04/2012 11:07:40 AM PST by PLD
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To: jimbo123

We have lots of restaraunt choices here, but three have just been eliminated. I used to love Red Lobster in the 90s and was dating someone who loved Longhorn. Now, all are out of my life and no longer on my list of choices. Miss the girl, tho...


22 posted on 12/04/2012 11:09:01 AM PST by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: PLD

Since it was just the two of you, that sure sounded egregious. But again maybe they expected you to notice them seating others and walk up to the desk.

I visited an Olive Garden several times over the past few months. I always went to the bar counter. Several times they gave me free items. Once they forgot the chicken on my Alfredo, and served me both the original and the replacement while billing only for the original (cheaper, no chicken). Once they apologized for not having a spatula for my pizza because customers apparently kept stealing them and they were out. I tipped a normal table-type tip at the bar, which is more than they usually get at the bar. So it might vary considerably from site to site. One thing I think might have been lousy is the sanitation in bar serving. I caught two colds and one flu that I think was tied to Olive Garden.


23 posted on 12/04/2012 11:16:38 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: mc5cents

Our local Olive Garden used to make this big show out of a guy out front with dough making a bunch of fresh pasta. Then one of the waitresses confided to my wife that the pasta they were actually serving us was Barilla.


24 posted on 12/04/2012 11:19:24 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Barilla is not a bad pasta. It’s what another local Italian eatery uses.


25 posted on 12/04/2012 11:22:52 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Frankly, fresh pasta is only good for certain preparations, basically white sauces. Up against any kind of red sauce, you want dried pasta so you can get some texture. You can’t make fresh pasta al dente.


26 posted on 12/04/2012 11:29:19 AM PST by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep
you sir, are wise beyond your years in things Italian....

props

LOL my wife thought for years that all pasta was aldente - she prefers mush now - but then again - she likes miracle whip too

I modified my diet last year to exclude traditional pastas over gluten and carb issues.....I abhor wheat pasta and have found that Barilla makes a nice squash and carrot pasta with the same "bite" as the real stuff - counts as a serving of veggies too... cooks faster too

27 posted on 12/04/2012 11:52:17 AM PST by Revelation 911
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep

Noting against Barilla, I eat it at home all the time.
But they were definitely selling the impression that you were getting fresh pasta.


28 posted on 12/04/2012 12:51:30 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: HiTech RedNeck

The last time we went to OG was many months ago (before that it was many more months ago, don’t frequent it often). We also sat at the bar for dinner. The bartender gave us excellent service and free wine tasting and also some kind of mixed drink to taste. She did a great job, the food was good and we left saying that we would be back.

After reading about Darden, we’ll never go to OG again. Or RL. We already won’t set foot in the door of JCP. Go to heck, lib lovers.


29 posted on 12/04/2012 12:58:39 PM PST by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
When we came in we did walk up to the desk she put our name down and said be seated.This Olive Gardens opens at eleven so we went at eleven and were the first people there..Then others stated coming in and was seated right away..We were not dressed like bums we have very nice clothes..so that was not the reason..I guess they knew we are conservative and didn't want to wait on us..LOL!

I don't even know if this Olive Gardens has a bar..Neither me or my husband drink..You see this was my first time ever to try that place..It will be my last..

30 posted on 12/05/2012 5:49:37 AM PST by PLD
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To: PLD

A textbook snub, though why the dear spouse didn’t say let’s just walk back up and ask for a table now is also inexplicable.


31 posted on 12/05/2012 6:58:30 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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