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It's also held onto 90% of to-go sales at locations that have re-opened dining rooms.
Operators across segments are planning smaller locations optimized for off-premise as consumer habits change rapidly.
Sales for the Bloomin’ brand have climbed to within 13.6% of 2019 levels.
Operators' assessments of the returning business are mixed.
The new format, featuring a limited menu and sparse seating, will make its debut this week.
A surge in to-go sales has pushed stores close to profitability, executives say.
The Brinker International chain has already rehired 10% of furloughed workers, with recruitment accelerating to handle an expected surge in business from pent-up dine-in demand.
The Darden Restaurants chain is now generating takeout and delivery sales at an annualized rate of $2.8 million per store.
Parent company Darden Restaurants' fine-dining group saw steeper declines as dine-in sales plunged.
Family meals and kits appeal to households sheltering in place.
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