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Marketing

Olive Garden to offer a lifetime version of its pasta pass

Winners will have the opportunity to buy a special version for an additional $400.

Operations

Olive Garden tries new off-premise moves

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

The third-party service also becomes the exclusive delivery partner of Maggiano’s.

Get Top 500 data: sales, units and YOY change, average unit volume, and company/franchise units, as well as Technomic’s analysis, growth forecast and more.

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.

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