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Olive Garden

The week in ideas, October 14, 2011

The week of October 14th will be remembered as a week of strange ideas: some bold, some bad, some counterintuitive. But at Week in Ideas, we don't discriminate. We report, you decide.

Technology

How to engineer a digital menu

When done right, digital menu features on tabletop tablets can boost sales and customer satisfaction.

Even the great Carnac couldn't have foreseen the role marijuana is about to play in restaurant sales, and that's just one of the who'd-have-believed-it developments.

"Precious" was the last thing John Brandt-Lee intended his menu to be when he launched Avalon Pasta Bistro in the Philadelphia suburb of Downington,...

Customers pay a 15 percent fee, plus any extras.

Au Bon Pain is the latest brand to unveil an endless pass of sorts.

The workhorse of Darden Restaurants’ portfolio is sweetening its twofer deal by partnering with Redbox.

Will these unconventional items bring a sales boost to Burger King, Dunkin’ Donuts and Olive Garden?

Citing the services’ high costs, Olive Garden owner Darden and Newk’s Eatery are cautious on the industry trend.

With the all-you-can-eat passes selling for far more than their original price of $100, Olive Garden is invoking a provision that says the deal is non-transferable.

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