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Olive Garden

Leadership

Dave George named Darden COO

The casual-dining chain operator also named Dan Kiernan president of Olive Garden.

Financing

Tax reform has restaurants confident heading into 2018

But companies at the ICR Conference reveal the industry’s conflicting challenges regarding sales.

Often, the menu items deemed the most craveable aren’t the ones consumers say they’re most likely to purchase.

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.

Citing the services’ high costs, Olive Garden owner Darden and Newk’s Eatery are cautious on the industry trend.

These marketing mishaps and wins left a mark on operators and consumers.

The appeal of limited-time offers—an opportunity to get new customers in the door and increase visits from regulars, as well as the accompanying bump in checks and sales—is clear.

Au Bon Pain is the latest brand to unveil an endless pass of sorts.

A look at the reports for public companies reveals some definite directional arrows for the industry as a whole.

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