Olive Garden remains even-keeled, despite the reactionary, moment-by-moment culture that often defines the restaurant world. Being a cog—albeit the biggest—in Darden’s eight-concept machine helps.
There are two ways to look at any pain point, and that’s the case with Darden and labor.
Olive Garden has lived by this creed for the better part of a year: Give up traffic, but make decisions with the long-term health of the business in mind.
Olive Garden is removing the limits on “never ending” this year with the return of its Never Ending Pasta Pass and the introduction of the first-of-its-kind Lifetime Pasta Pass.
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.