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Leadership

Brad Blum named CEO of Bravo, Brio

The two casual Italian brands will be the nucleus for a new company run by the former Olive Garden chief, with financial backing from Brazil-based GP Investments.

Leadership

Darden CEO Gene Lee named IFMA foodservice operator of the year

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.

Situations at Applebee's, Dunkin' and Darden will be true tests of some promising leaders' mettle.

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

The folks in green aprons are changing roles in what the company calls Deployment 2.0, and that's just one of the developments that turned heads in the restaurant industry this week.

A new analysis also shows what differentiates a good user-generated review from a negative one.

The dash for off-premise business is taking a detour around third-party delivery. Meanwhile, Amy Poehler isn't making restaurateurs laugh, R&D kitchens are cooking up some unusual new products, and the drug epidemic is prompting some controversial changes in operations.

Olive Garden asked a cross-functional team—finance, marketing, operations, communications and others—to build on its Never Ending Pasta Bowl promo.

Chains are ramping up R&D to launch on-trend dishes.

The casual-dining chain operator also named Dan Kiernan president of Olive Garden.