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In a letter to shareholders, the company said 424 former Darden properties will be spun off into the trust company, Four Corners Property Trust, and that additional properties will be acquired and leased.

The Olive Garden parent says it will pay off $1 billion in debt by transferring holdings to a REIT and arranging for some sale-leasebacks.

Little Italy Kids Night invites families to engage in such distractions as making pasta jewelry and trading cards.

The signature item will also be offered in toasted form as part of an appetizer

Under its new management, the casual chain will next month debut a pared-down menu—one that’s focused on Italian comfort food and new twists on Olive Garden fan favorites, such as breadstick sandwiches.

The goal is a flatter, more responsive structure, the company says.

The former Darden president will oversee Panera’s core cafe business.

Jeff Smith had been a critic of the Italian chain’s signature breadsticks before leading a takeover of Darden Restaurants.

Frictionless service—when transactions at restaurants, between ordering, paying and receiving a meal, happen with less human interaction to slow down the process.

The promised revamp at Olive Garden already is helping to boost its parent company's bottom line, with Darden reporting thrid-quarter fiscal earnings that met expectations on revenue and beat them on profit.