Seasons 52


Olive Garden backs off promotions, citing better industry conditions

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.

Consumer Trends

Can menu uniqueness boost visits in casual dining?

Consumers give high marks to six chains that differentiate the menu and experience.

The settlement also calls for hiring a "compliance monitor" to guarantee no bias comes into play.

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

See which flavors and preparations are trending in seasonal cocktails, mocktails and other beverages.

When it comes to restaurant brands, the sales leaders are not always consumers’ favorites for a variety of reasons. Chains best at parlaying customer satisfaction into sales are hard to beat.

The Darden chain focuses on low calorie counts for its rotating seasonal dishes

Incorporates fresh, local ingredients that change four times per year

Overall, the varied menu category is flat, up .3% in sales to $23.9 billion and .5% in units to 7,792.