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A “back to basics” approach helps most of Darden’s casual-dining concepts generate sales.
Citing the services’ high costs, Olive Garden owner Darden and Newk’s Eatery are cautious on the industry trend.
When it comes to restaurant brands, the sales leaders are not always consumers’ favorites for a variety of reasons. Chains best at parlaying customer satisfaction into sales are hard to beat.
Darden completed its purchase of the chain this May for $780 million
The chain rebranded in 2015 to further promote its affordable, made-from-scratch fare
Overall, the varied menu category is flat, up .3% in sales to $23.9 billion and .5% in units to 7,792.
For $780 million in cash, the parent of Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse will add a growth chain with familiar management.
Is the industry going a little crazy, or is it just a garden-variety midlife crisis? Here's the evidence to consider.
Technomic looks at consumers’ assessments of more than 60 attributes in order to determine the winners of its annual Chain Restaurant Consumers’ Choice Awards.
Up-and-coming restaurant chains and what’s propelling their growth
Food trends and recipes to keep menus fresh
New restaurants and soon-to-open concepts worth monitoring
RB’s exclusive ranking of the highest-grossing independent restaurants
Peter Romeo highlights the moments restaurateurs miss at their own peril
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