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Olive Garden

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Union Square Hospitality names a new president

Chip Wade, a longtime ops specialist for Darden Restaurants, will take the job next month.

The line includes classic Italian dishes reformulated in a larger size, at prices as low as $12.99.

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.

Consumers favored familiar dishes with a twist in December. These seven stood out in Technomic’s monthly survey.

Bad weather put a major crimp in al fresco dining in recent months.

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.

Consumers are enticed by LTOs and interesting menu items, but that’s not the whole story.

New research finds turnover climbing again, along with restaurants’ hiring plans.

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