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Capital Grille

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Food

Steak rides the wave

The math is simple: A strong economy = strong steakhouse business.

The parent of Olive Garden and Capital Grille said its strong third quarter was the result of working a plan that’s long been in place. Here’s a refresher on some of the components.

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.

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.