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Capital Grille

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Darden sees no virtual concepts in its future

The emotional connection and controls on execution just aren’t there, according to its CEO.

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Olive Garden's owner lays off 11% of support staff

Included were 225 Darden employees who opted for early retirement and former COO Dave George, whose departure was described as an “involuntary separation.”

Restaurants that kept dining rooms open in June saw year-over-year improvement.

The former chief of Olive Garden, LongHorn and Capital Grille has been instrumental in the casual-dining giant's success.

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.

Like other activities, holiday meals are pivoting to accommodate social distancing and lockdown guidelines.

The casual steak chain outperformed all of its sister operations, largely because of how it handled personnel, its parent company said. Olive Garden's comps rose 1.5%.

After data revealed an unexpected marketing issue for the chain, management pulled back on advertising and started working on an adjusted plan.

The Darden Restaurants holding is still a no-go on small-order delivery, but its catering program is moving within reach of couples.

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