Skip to comments.Olive Garden tries to woo back customers after falling into a rut
Posted on 01/25/2012 8:25:29 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
With sales slipping, Olive Garden is trying to win back customers who have fallen out of love with the nation's largest Italian chain.
It is a major challenge for Orlando-based Darden Restaurants, which owns Olive Garden, Red Lobster and other brands.
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After they jumped on the “moochelle” bandwagon I decided the Darden chain didn’t need MY business.
Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded all the time.
Offer free tea with any entree and sales would go up. People are sick and tired of 25% of the bill being a glass of tea.
I'm all for good field food, having served it to thousands of my closest friends under field conditions. But if I go to a restaurant, I expect the unexpected.
Tuesdays should be chef special days, getting rid of what didn't sell over the weekend (Don't eat the fish).
Pasta, pasta, pasta. Might as well just glue it on your midriff.
Simple solution: Take reservations. Or at least offer “call ahead” like the Darden’s clone Red Lobster.
“Nobody goes there anymore. Its too crowded all the time.”
frankly, I'm trying to eat at local eateries that actually cook their own food.
I guess cutting back on the portions, ostensibly to help people keep their weight in check, wasn’t such a good idea afterall.
I will put up with average food if a restaurant and its staff look CLEAN.
Didn’t Olive Garden get the Bams SOTU message yesterday?
American economy is back and booming—get in line with the propaganda already.
Red Lobster has been a disappointment with their menu changes. We don’t go to eat there the way we used to. Cheesecake Factory is one of our new favourite restaurants.
Cheesecake factory is my GF’s fave too. She literally drags me there. In hindsight, it’s better she drag me there instead of some male-neutering movie like Sex and City’..(yeah, she tried but failed)
I will never eat at Olive Garden or any Darden chain (Red Lobster, Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze, Longhorn Steakhouse, Seasons 52) because they are PC Fascists. Here’s what they did in my community a few years back - A local city councilman had a multigeneration family owned bakery distributorship. In addition to running the family business, he served on the city council and hosted a weekly talkshow. His politics were of the non-communist and thus not approved by Darden side. He made a politically incorrect statement about a mural painted on a school wall and Darden threatened to cancel their contracts for the local Olive Garden and Red Lobster (large and long time customers.) He was forced to sell his family’s interest in the bakery to save his employees jobs. That’s the Olive Garden (Chicago) way.
Yea, I avoid them too because of their commie support. Let them eat bailout bilge water!
‘I will put up with average food if a restaurant and its staff look CLEAN.”
Exactly what went through my mind!
I never really like Olive Garden. Thought it was overpriced and portions notthat great. My favorite restaurant had always been Red Lobster (also a Darden restaurant) but the last time there was very disappointing.
Olive Garden: “If you’re here, you’re family” should be changed to “If you’re here, you’re not Italian”.