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  • 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...
  • Police: Utah woman tried to trade salad for drugs

    05/17/2011 1:19:06 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 70 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 17, 2011
    SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake City woman has been charged with a third degree felony for allegedly asking an undercover police officer to give her drugs in exchange for an Olive Garden salad in a to-go box. The 33-year-old woman approached the undercover officer who was working on the corner of 200 South and 300 West in Salt Lake, according to charging documents. The woman was carrying a white food container and asked the undercover officer for $10 worth of cocaine, according to the charges. She "stated that she wanted some cocaine, but she only had $2 and...
  • Restaurant gives Fla. toddler sangria, not juice

    04/14/2011 10:18:16 AM PDT · by greatdefender · 25 replies
    LAKELAND, Fla. – Olive Garden restaurants are making changes after a toddler was served alcoholic sangria instead of orange juice at a Florida location. News of the incident comes after an Applebee's in Michigan accidently served a margarita to another toddler. Orlando, Fla.-based Darden Restaurants says the mix-up happened March 31 in Lakeland. Jill VanHeest says she took her 2-year-old son Nikolai to the hospital after his eyes turned red and dilated and he began acting up. She said he was given fluids and released a couple hours later with no lasting effects.
  • Olive Garden, Red Lobster to Move Into Middle East

    10/20/2010 10:50:41 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 10/20/2010 | Sandra Pedicini
    Never-ending pasta bowls and Cheddar Bay biscuits are on their way to the Middle East. Orlando-based Darden Restaurants on Tuesday revealed plans to open Red Lobsters, Olive Gardens and LongHorn Steakhouses in seven Middle Eastern countries. It will be Darden's first foray into international territory other than in Canada, where Darden operates some restaurants, and Japan, where a separate company runs 25 Red Lobsters. Darden has an agreement with Americana Group, which will develop at least 60 restaurants in Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates during the next five years. The first should open...
  • Olive Garden Diner Shows No Amore for Autistic Child

    08/10/2010 4:39:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 89 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Tue, Aug 10, 2010 | Jessica Sick
    One family got more than unlimited breadsticks when they visited a Boynton Beach Olive Garden Saturday night. Richard Bennett and his family were having dinner at the Olive Garden at 1001 N. Congress Avenue when Bennett claims Paul Blankenfield started to make comments about his son, according to the police report. "Can you control your kid, I'm trying to have dinner," Bennett told police Blankenfield said several times. Bennett said he tried to ignore Blankenfield, but when Blankenfield began to curse, Bennett told him that his 11-year-old son had autism. To which Blankenfield replied, "So what?" The confrontation got physical...
  • Restaurants on a Roll

    11/09/2009 4:38:11 AM PST · by iowamark · 21 replies · 902+ views
    US News ^ | November 4, 2009 | Rick Newman
    t might not be good for America's waistline, but froufrou dining off petite plates is out. The recession has made us hungry for family-size piles of comfort food.. Like other segments of the retail economy, the restaurant industry has struggled over the past two years as unemployment has soared and consumers have curtailed spending. The National Restaurant Association's performance index shows that the industry has been shrinking for 23 months in a row. High-end bistros have fared the worst, with sales at fancy restaurants like Ruth's Chris and Morton's Steakhouse off by 20 percent or more, as corporate customers pare...
  • Several Advertisers Withdraw CBS Support in Wake of Letterman-Palin "Joke"

    06/19/2009 9:20:32 PM PDT · by topher · 27 replies · 2,080+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com -- Your Life, Family and Culture Outpost ^ | Friday June 19, 2009 | By Peter J. Smith
    Friday June 19, 2009 Several Advertisers Withdraw CBS Support in Wake of Letterman-Palin “Joke” By Peter J. SmithNEW YORK, June 17, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Alaska governor Sarah Palin may have accepted late-night comedian David Letterman’s belated apology for making a rape joke about her 14 year-old daughter, but a grassroots campaign has continued to put pressure on CBS to fire the comedian. The campaign as of yesterday had generated 52,000 petitions requesting CBS fire Letterman, and it appears that two major advertisers, and a possibly a third, have chosen to withdraw support from CBS over the controversy. John Zeigler,...
  • Olive Garden disputes report that ads were pulled from Letterman

    06/18/2009 1:07:52 PM PDT · by curth · 104 replies · 4,463+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 06.18.09 | Jimmy Orr
    A spokesman for the Olive Garden disputed a report from Politicothat the restaurant chain pulled its advertising from the David Letterman show due to jokes about Sarah Palin’s daughter. “Information reported today by Andy Barr of Politico regarding Olive Garden’s advertising on the Late Show with David Letterman was erroneous. No authorized spokesperson for the company confirmed the information in his report,” said Olive Garden spokesman Rich Jeffers in an email to The Vote. “The Olive Garden media schedule is planned months in advance. The schedule for the Late Show with David Letterman was completed earlier this month. We take...
  • Olive Garden Pulls Letterman Ads

    06/18/2009 12:00:21 PM PDT · by tonyome · 1,293+ views
    Politico ^ | 06/18/09 | Andy Barr
    Following a week of back and forth between CBS late night comic David Letterman and Sarah Palin over a crude joke he told about the Alaska Republican governor’s daughter, the Olive Garden restaurant says it is cancelling all of its scheduled ads on Letterman’s “Late Show” for the rest of the year. In an email to a Letterman critic obtained by POLITICO, a spokeswoman for the Italian restaurant chain wrote that “there will be no more Olive Garden ads scheduled for ‘The Late Show’ with David Letterman in this year's broadcast schedule,” citing the talk show host’s “inappropriate comments.” “We...
  • Olive Garden pulls Letterman ads

    06/18/2009 10:23:58 AM PDT · by BCrago66 · 141 replies · 7,007+ views
    Politico ^ | 06/18/09 | ANDY BARR
    Following a week of back and forth between CBS late night comic David Letterman and Sarah Palin over a crude joke he told about the Alaska Republican governor’s daughter, the Olive Garden restaurant says it is cancelling all of its scheduled ads on Letterman’s “Late Show” for the rest of the year.
  • Gov. Palin on the shooting at the National Holocaust Museum (Palin Ping! - No.24 - June 11, 2009)

    06/12/2009 2:32:57 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 19 replies · 1,823+ views
    Facebook ^ | June 11, 2009 | Gov. Sarah Palin
    As first reflected upon through Twitter, Wednesday, June 10, 2009: "Our hearts and prayers go out to the shooting victims at the National Holocaust Museum. The museum itself remembers and honors the lives lost in one of the world's most horrific genocides. To have an act of intolerance further spread hatred at this place of reflection, further adds to the grief. My heart goes out to all those impacted, especially the brave guards who acted so selflessly to prevent further injury. May God Bless the Jewish community." Governor Sarah Palin
  • **Free Republic Visits Ronald Reagan Library (Pictures by Syncro and Dr. Zoo Crew)**

    07/25/2006 10:36:26 PM PDT · by Syncro · 53 replies · 4,513+ views
    The Institute of Phenomonology ^ | July 25, 2006 | Syncro
    Saturday July 22, 2006 the Freeper Motorhome (60' with Hot Tub on the top) arrives at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.The Robinsons arrive at the Ronald Reagan Library on Saturday. FR Security Personnel (in sunglasses left rear and under FR hat in foreground left) check area as Jim and family enter facility. Jim and Shelia Check out the Library.
  • Flying Tomatoes, Meatballs: 6 Arrested In Olive Garden Fight

    09/09/2005 8:20:01 AM PDT · by Millee · 60 replies · 2,012+ views
    The Denver Channel ^ | September 9, 2005 | Staff
    Talk about your tossed salad and flying meatballs. A night out at a local Olive Garden Restaurant landed six people in jail after two families who've had a long-standing beef with one another brawled inside the restaurant. Valerie Baca, Lawerence Bettale Jr., Rene Bettale, Lawrence Bettale Sr. and two teens were arrested after an off-duty police officer used a Taser gun to control the fight. Westminster police said two families who've been feuding were seated near one another Wednesday night and it came to a boiling point when one of the families was leaving and made a snide remark or...
  • MAMA MIA! FOOD FIGHT!

    09/10/2005 11:06:49 AM PDT · by SpaceDragon · 7 replies · 420+ views
    Flying Meatballs: Feuding Families Have Food Fight At Olive Garden Families Had Been Feuding For Some Time, Police Say UPDATED: 8:37 am PDT September 9, 2005 Talk about your tossed salad and flying meatballs. A night out at a Colorado Olive Garden Restaurant landed six people in jail after two families who've had a long-standing beef with one another brawled inside the restaurant. Valerie Baca, Lawerence Bettale Jr., Rene Bettale, Lawrence Bettale Sr. and two teens were arrested after an off-duty police officer used a stun gun to control the fight. Westminster, Colo., police said two families who have been...
  • Cheesecake Factory issues recall over lethal bacteria fears [[also Olive Garden restaurants]]

    08/06/2002 2:31:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies · 834+ views
    <p>The Calabasas Hills-based company said it found listeria monocytogenes in one batch of white chocolate raspberry cheesecake sold to the Olive Garden Italian restaurant chain.</p> <p>The Olive Garden chain is owned by Darden Restaurants Inc. of Orlando, Fla.</p> <p>The batch could have been served in as many as 19 Olive Garden restaurants in Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana, the Cheesecake Factory said.</p>
  • No, We're Not That Family (Italian-Americans mad at Olive Garden)

    07/26/2002 12:51:26 PM PDT · by stands2reason · 334 replies · 1,795+ views
    Opnionjournal ^ | July 26, 2002 | Victorino Matus
    <p>Italian-Americans have a problem, and it's not "The Sopranos."</p> <p>Italian-Americans are speaking out. They are complaining about a stereotype they just can't stand. One that they find inaccurate and misleading. One that is constantly shown on television, much to their disgust. They are unhappy. They are at their wit's end. They are fed up.</p>