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Brio Tuscan Grille

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Brio Tuscan Grille

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Leadership

Former Darden exec named president of Bravo, Brio

Dave Pickens, a former president of Olive Garden, will also serve as COO.

The two casual Italian brands will be the nucleus for a new company run by the former Olive Garden chief, with financial backing from Brazil-based GP Investments.

The two-concept Italian operation says its pending acquisition by a Swiss private-equity group is a better deal.

The owner of Bravo Cucina Italiana and Brio Tuscan Grille will be acquired in an all-cash deal.

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

The new offerings will be available on weekdays at the restaurant’s bar area.

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The Italian chain added third-party delivery late last year