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  • cop kicked out of Olive Garden because of duty gun

    A uniformed Kansas City, Mo., cop hoping to celebrate his birthday with lunch at Olive Garden on Sunday was kicked out because of his duty firearm.A hostess caught sight of Officer Michael Holsworth’s holstered handgun as he waited for his family and asked the decorated officer to leave the restaurant at once, he ranted in a Facebook post Sunday afternoon.
  • Darden announces sale of Red Lobster for $2.1B

    05/16/2014 8:45:25 AM PDT · by kingattax · 58 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 5-16-14 | Candice Choi
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Darden Restaurants says it will sell its Red Lobster chain to investment firm Golden Gate Capital in a $2.1 billion cash deal. The company, which also owns Olive Garden, had announced late last year that it planned to either spin off or sell Red Lobster to improve its financial performance. Both Olive Garden and Red Lobster have been losing customers in recent years. The company has tried various menu changes and marketing campaigns in hopes of winning back business. Part of the problem is the growing popularity of chains like Chipotle, where customers feel they can...
  • Olive Garden promises Cheaper Food, More options.

    03/01/2013 7:11:20 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 84 replies
    NBC News ^ | 28 Feb 2013 | by Isolde Raftery
    Fret not, Olive Garden lovers: The “endless” breadsticks aren’t going away. But new management has big changes in store for the casual dining chain, which touts family-style Italian food and has struggled with declining sales. The chain's president, Dave George told investors on Tuesday the changes include creating a new logo and toning down its the “Old World Style," the Tuscan-style stonework and wooden archways that have been a signature part of Olive Garden restaurants since 2000. "You're not going to see stainless steel showing up tomorrow in a Tuscan Farmhouse," George said, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
  • Olive Garden Owner Darden Restaurants Warns on 3rd Quarter (Red Lobster, Longhorn Steakhouse)

    02/23/2013 2:05:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Darden Restaurants (DRI), struggling to draw more customers into its Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants, said Friday that its third-quarter profit could fall below Wall Street's expectations and cut its outlook for the year. The Orlando, Fla.-based chain has tried to revamp menus and marketing for its flagship chains. But revenue at Olive Garden, Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse locations open at least one year is expected to fall 4.5 percent in the quarter ending Feb. 24, indicating those efforts have yet to pay off...
  • Olive Garden parent Darden suffers from bad specials, 'Obamacare'(Failing CEO is Obama groupie...)

    12/04/2012 10:15:56 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/4/12 | Tiffany Hsu
    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."
  • Prepping for Obamacare, Chain Cuts Workers' Hours (Red Lobster, Olive Garden)

    10/10/2012 2:41:21 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies
    AP, via CNBC ^ | October 9, 2012 | AP, via CNBC
    The owner of Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants is putting more workers on part-time status in a test aimed at limiting the impact of looming health coverage requirements. Darden Restaurants declined to give details but said the test is only in restaurants in four markets across the country. The test entails increasing the number of workers on part-time status, meaning they work less than 30 hours a week. Under the new health care act, companies will be required to provide health care to full-time employees by 2014. That would significantly boost labor costs for businesses.
  • Darden tests limiting worker hours as health-care changes loom (destruction of middle class)

    10/09/2012 7:26:07 AM PDT · by Snuph · 10 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | October 7, 2012 | Sandra Pedicini
    Analysts say many other companies, including the White Castle hamburger chain, are considering employing fewer full-timers because of key features of the Affordable Care Act scheduled to go into effect in 2014. Under that law, large companies must provide affordable health insurance to employees working an average of at least 30 hours per week. If they do not, the companies can face fines of up to $3,000 for each employee who then turns to an exchange — an online marketplace — for insurance.
  • The Obama 30 Hour Work Week (vanity)

    10/09/2012 5:59:34 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 17 replies
    A consequence of Obamacare. Darden Restaurants (Olive Garden, Red Lobster) is cutting all of its workers to 30 hours to avoid having them fall under Obamacare requirements. 185,000 people with less hours. But think of all the new part time jobs Obama is creating! Many other companies will do the same.
  • Darden tests limiting worker hours as health-care changes loom (Red Lobster/Olive Garden/LongHorn)

    10/08/2012 10:58:57 AM PDT · by Sam's Army · 54 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | October 7, 2012 | Sandra Pedicini
    In an experiment apparently aimed at keeping down the cost of health-care reform, Orlando-based Darden Restaurants has stopped offering full-time schedules to many hourly workers in at least a few Olive Gardens, Red Lobsters and LongHorn Steakhouses. Darden said the test is taking place in "a select number" of restaurants in four markets, including Central Florida, but would not give details. The company said there has been no decision made about expanding it. In an emailed statement, Darden said staffing changes are "just one of the many things we are evaluating to help us address the cost implications health care...
  • Olive Garden tries to woo back customers after falling into a rut

    01/25/2012 8:25:29 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 98 replies
    McClatchy-Tribune Newspapers ^ | January 23, 2012 | Sandra Pedicini
    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.
  • Darden profit off 28% as Olive Garden sales slip (Thanks to Michelle Obama...)

    12/16/2011 5:45:46 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 54 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 12/16/11 | Annie Gasparro
    --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.
  • Former Obama donor declares regulations are killing jobs

    12/08/2011 9:23:55 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 8,2011 | Jazz Shaw
    Earlier this year, former Obama donor and CEO of Darden Restaurants, Clarence Otis Jr.met with the president to talk about putting Americans back to work. (It’s the parent company of Olive Garden, Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse, so they have created a job or two in their time.) One has to wonder how well he thought that meeting went, given the recent editorial he penned for CNN “Businesses adding jobs” is a headline every elected official loves to read. Sadly, it’s one that’s getting harder and harder to find because of a policy and regulatory landscape that makes it increasingly...
  • Olive Garden Responce

    10/13/2011 6:59:26 PM PDT · by satan69 · 46 replies
    email from Presiden of Olive Garden | 10/13/2011 | self
    Dear Guest: We are very sorry for any misunderstanding about this issue. We do not have a policy at Olive Garden concerning bringing the American flag into our restaurants. Some members of our team were misinformed about company policy by our corporate office. As a company we take responsibility for that and we regret it. We take pride in how we communicate to our restaurants and we are correcting this so it doesn’t happen again. Like all Americans we have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for the American flag and everything it symbolizes. In fact, we periodically provide...
  • Has anyone freeped Olive Garden Yet?

    10/12/2011 12:10:04 PM PDT · by austinaero · 63 replies
    The Drudge Report ^ | Oct 12, 2011 | As seen on Drudge
    Olive Garden Denies Local Kiwanis Group the right to fly the American flag during pledge of allegiance
  • Olive Garden: American flag display would disrupt dining experience

    10/12/2011 8:36:59 AM PDT · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 142 replies
    CBS 12 News (Alabama) ^ | 10/12/2011 | CBS LOCAL
    ANNISTON, Ala. -- Officials with the parent company of Olive Garden restaurants say they're sorry if a decision regarding an Alabama Kiwanis club's desire to display the American flag caused any concern. The comments come after 80-year-old Marti Warren of Anniston said she wasn't allowed to bring an American flag into an Olive Garden for a planned Kiwanis Club banquet in the east Alabama town of Oxford.
  • Team Obama Spotlight: The Chief of the Food Police, Michelle Obama (Video)

    09/19/2011 6:40:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    NetRight Daily ^ | September 19, 2011 | Frank McCaffrey
    The President’s wife is telling us how to eat. This is a scary thought. ALG’s Rebecca DiFede has decided that we simply must put the Team Obama Spotlight on Michelle Obama.
  • Flashback: Obama's Lunch Buddy's Company Given Obamacare Waiver (Olive Garden CEO)

    09/16/2011 6:45:03 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 7/12/11 | Daniel Halper
    President Obama had lunch today with "four business leaders to discuss ideas to grow the economy and create jobs," according to the White House. The participants met to "discuss the importance of working with the private sector to promote job training efforts, including ways that companies have been partnering with higher educational institutions to develop curriculum and programs that ensure graduates will have the appropriate background and skills to succeed and get hired within the companies." Curiously, one of the participants, businessman Clarence Otis, could have used today's affair to provide President Obama a "teachable moment" (a favorite phrase of...
  • Restaurant chain partnering with White House anti-obesity campaign received ObamaCare Waiver

    09/16/2011 6:29:48 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 41 replies
    New Hampshire Watchdog ^ | 9/15/11 | Grant Bosse
    Today, a top national restaurant chain partnered with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move childhood anti-obesity campaign. Last year, that same company received a waiver exempting it from some of the most stringent mandates of ObamaCare. Michelle Obama visited an Olive Garden restaurant in Hyattsville, Maryland today as Darden Restaurants announced that it would reduce the amount of calories and sodium in its menu by 20% over the next decade. Darden Restaurants, which owns Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Longhorn Steakhouse, Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze, and Seasons 52, received a waiver from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on October...
  • Olive Garden, Red Lobster to slash fat and salt; Michelle Obama declares healthy 'breakthrough'

    09/16/2011 4:59:52 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 104 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 9/16/11 | LINDSAY GOLDWERT
    The First Lady has scored another victory in the battle of the bulge. The CEO of Darden Restaurants, which owns eatery chains Olive Garden and Red Lobster as well as LongHorn Steakhouse and Capital Grille, said on Thursday the company will work to reduce fat and sodium by 10% over the course of the next five years and 20% over the next decade.
  • Fries with that? Now you'll need parents' permission as Michelle Obama unveils PG-rated meals....

    09/15/2011 7:45:55 PM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 94 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/15/11 | Rachel Quigley
    Not content with going after the nation's children, its grocery stores, the food pyramid and McDonalds, Michelle Obama is now going after the country's most beloved restaurant chains Olive Garden, Red Lobster and its sister restaurants have pledged to serve healthier meals by cutting calories and sodium in its meals by 20 per cent over a decade. And if the little ones desire some French fries they will only be able to do so with adult supervision. Among promised changes for children, Darden Restaurants Inc said a fruit or vegetable side and low-fat milk will become standard with kids' meals...