Some of the most successful brands in casual dining, namely Olive Garden and Texas Roadhouse, have emphatically resisted third-party delivery during its surge into the restaurant marketplace.
One of Olive Garden’s biggest menu moves in recent months wasn’t anything fresh or revolutionary. It was a bulked-up version of a classic—Chicken Alfredo, but now with 50 percent more chicken.
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To say Olive Garden has landed on an effective menu strategy wouldn’t do it justice. Let’s just take a two-quarter sample into consideration.
When it comes to the Italian category, three major chains dominate the headlines.
Darden flagship Olive Garden hasn’t lacked for consistency.
Darden might be the king of simplification, but CEO Gene Lee cautioned against boxi
Darden’s strong close to fiscal 2018 soared its stock more than 15 percent Thursday to $107.06, its highest point since March 2009. Don’t expect that momentum to slow anytime soon.
Darden’s total sales lifted 13.3 percent to $2.13 billion in the third quarter, offering another positive chapter in what’s been a robust fiscal 2018 to date.
Just in time for the big game, Olive Garden’s newest appetizer is “Loaded Pasta Chips.” What looks like lasagna noodles are cut chip-sized, then fried and topped with Italian cheeses, meat sauce, c