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Olive Garden

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On a July afternoon when the heat index hit 103° in Alexandria, Va., executive chef Brian McPherson reflected on dishes made for cool summertime enjoyment.

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These marketing mishaps and wins left a mark on operators and consumers.

A class action suit could have involved as many as 218,000 current and former employees.

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United said it plans to hold protests at branches of the chain in six major cities.

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

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