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Operations

This week’s 5 head-spinning moments: Reverse is the new forward

Some big chains are reversing themselves on customization, delivery, portioning and new-age staffing moves.

Leadership

Dave George named Darden COO

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

The parent of Chili's and Maggiano's has made the biggest commitment to date to participate in a new industrywide development program.

The decline of full-service chains is palpable. Three of the major casual-dining players—TGI Fridays, Applebee’s and Chili’s—were all down more than 2% in sales.

The founder of Planet Hollywood is now an activist investor in the casual-dining operator, The Bottom Line says.

The Italian chain is apparently looking for a buyer.

The three-brand company said it intends to use the new mini IPO format.

The movie theater-restaurant chain raised less than it originally planned.

Early Q1 earnings reports show some big-name players reaping the benefits of programs that began long ago.

Peter D'Amelio has also served as president of Cooper's Hawk and CEO of Matchbox.

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