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Off-premise soars, but Olive Garden’s same-store sales drop 59.7%

Parent company Darden Restaurants' fine-dining group saw steeper declines as dine-in sales plunged.

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10 days that changed the restaurant industry

For much of March, the threat of COVID-19 grew as the infection spread. On March 11, that problem became very real for thousands of restaurant operators and millions of employees, beginning a 10-day period unlike anything the industry has ever seen. The business may never be the same.

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Banks quickly took massive numbers of applications as small businesses sought federal help to get them through the coronavirus shutdown.

Family meals and kits appeal to households sheltering in place.

Preliminary sales results show the wing chain was well-prepared to pivot to a completely off-premise operation.

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The sandwich chain is offering presliced meats and cheeses, along with its bread and hot peppers, for curbside pickup and delivery.

Per-unit sales are running at about a third of the volume of pre-COVID-19 days, but that's still $3 million in annual per-store revenues. And costs have been aggressively cut.

The Independent Restaurant Coalition is asking for more assistance, saying the CARES Act doesn't go far enough to keep operators afloat.

At a time when restaurants need delivery most, their relationship with delivery providers is becoming increasingly fraught.

The Canadian-based brand collector, which operates Cold Stone Creamery and Pinkberry, among many others, has temporarily closed 2,100 locations.

Workers staged a walkout and filed complaints after an employee became sick.