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Capital Grille

Financing

Olive Garden backs off promotions, citing better industry conditions

The Italian chain posted a same-store sales increase of 3.5% for Q2, but Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen continued to underperform for the chains’ parent, Darden Restaurants.

Workforce

After a 5.3% rise in Olive Garden comps, Darden Restaurants plans to escalate the talent war

The casual-dining superpower says it will focus as much on recruiting and keeping employees as it will on drawing customers.

Dave George is overseeing Cheddar's, and John Martin will be responsible for Seasons 52.

The longtime casual-dining veteran was chosen for the Gold Plate Award from among eight leaders named as the best within their respective market segments.

Operators are turning to both obvious and catchy names for new menu sections that tap into the snacking trend.

Remaining restaurants will be converted into Eddie V's restaurants.

The spinoff of The Capital Grille is expected to open in Washington, D.C., this month.

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