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Panera names Drew Madsen president

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

Olive Garden is readying a line of breadstick sandwiches, chairman says

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.

No one has ever quit, claims this casual chain—and that includes Not Your Average Joe's tenacious founder Steve Silverstein.

Senior Associate Editor Sara Rush offers her picks of the concept types that are most likely to thrive or dive in 2015.

The Darden Restaurants chain said it will surprise social-media followers by giving them a chance to win one of a new batch of passes.

The casual dining giant also has a new non-executive chairman, the CEO of the investment company that won control of Darden last week.

Same store sales for September inched upward by 0.6 percent. How to revive the chain is a point of contention between Darden Restaurants and Starboard Value, a dissident shareholder that hopes to seize the board. Capital Grille posted a comp sales game of 6.4 percent, while Longhorn Steakhouse raised comps by 3.2 percent.

A group claiming to represent Darden employees said it will meet with the disgruntled shareholder. The group also acknowledged that it’s led by a member of the Restaurant Opportunities Center, a labor group often likened to a union.