Notice of Unauthorized Access to Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Guest Data

Orlando, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  On August 16, 2018, Darden Restaurants was notified by federal authorities that a legacy point-of-sale system of certain Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen restaurants, a concept acquired by Darden in 2017, may have been compromised in a cyberattack incident…
Darden Restaurants Announces Leadership Appointments

Orlando, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Darden Restaurants, Inc. (DRI) today announced the appointment of Dave George as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), a new position within Darden. As COO, George will maintain his oversight of Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze,…
Darden Restaurants Completes Acquisition Of Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen

Orlando, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen (Cheddar’s) for $780 million in an all-cash transaction from its stockholders including private equity firms L Catterton and Oak Investment…
Todd Burrowes To Rejoin LongHorn Steakhouse As President

Orlando, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) announced that Todd Burrowes has been named President of LongHorn Steakhouse, effective July 28, 2015.  Burrowes is rejoining the brand after spending the last two years as President, Ruby Tuesday Concept and…
Darden Names Jeffrey Davis Chief Financial Officer

Orlando, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) today announced the appointment of Jeffrey Davis as its Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective July 16, 2015.  In this role, Davis assumes responsibility for the financial functions of the…
Darden Announces Appointment Of Chief Executive Officer

Gene Lee Appointed CEO by Unanimous Vote of Board Gene Lee Has Been Operating as Interim CEO Brings 30-Plus Years of Restaurant Operating Experience Gene Lee Appointed to Darden’s Board of Directors Orlando, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI)…
Restaurant Chain Growth Report 12/16/14

RestaurantData.com has released its latest Restaurant Chain Growth Report. Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units). Burbank, CA-based POQUITO MAS (founded 1984) has increased by 1 unit, from 10…
Darden Announces Leadership Changes And Strategic Actions

Actions Will Sharpen Focus on Operations and Guest Experience While Reducing Costs Plan Includes Senior Leadership Changes, Streamlining of Support and Operations Functions, and Closure of Corporate Aviation Department Orlando, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) today announced several…
Inside Darden’s Food Fight

Okapi Partners CEO Bruce Goldfarb on leading the proxy fight for Starboard in winning all the seats on Darden’s board.
Darden Announces Certified Results Of 2014 Annual Shareholder Meeting

Jeffrey Smith Appointed Independent Non-Executive Chairman of the Board Gene Lee to Serve as Interim CEO Orlando, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) today announced that its independent Inspector of Elections has certified the results of the Company’s 2014…
LongHorn Steakhouse’s Grill Us Hotline Reopens this Fourth of July Weekend

Restaurant-Certified Grill Masters Available to Answer Grilling Questions via Phone, Text and Social Media Orlando, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  LongHorn Steakhouse announces today that the LongHorn Grill Us Hotline will be open Thursday, July 3, through Sunday, July 6, from 2 p.m.…
Darden ads focusing more on digital, less on TV

Millions of Americans have seen Olive Garden’s family-focused TV ads or the ones featuring close-ups of Red Lobster’s endless shrimp. But Darden Restaurants, struggling with declining sales, plans to revamp its strategy and invest more heavily in marketing through email…
Darden Announces Comprehensive Plan to Enhance Shareholder Value

Plan Includes Separating the Company’s Red Lobster Business, Reducing New Unit Growth, Suspending Acquisitions, Increasing Operating Support Cost Savings, and Refining Senior Management Compensation and Incentive Programs Orlando, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) announced today that its Board…
Darden Restaurants Announces Leadership Changes; COO Drew Madsen To Retire

Orlando, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) today announced that Drew Madsen, Darden’s President and Chief Operating Officer, has decided to retire from Darden at the end of the company’s fiscal second quarter.  He will be succeeded, effective immediately,…
Restaurant Chain Growth Report 8/13/13

Growing Concepts Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units). Michigan-based MARINO’S PIZZA has increased by 1 unit, from 3 to 4 (33% growth).  These quick serve pizzerias are open for lunch and dinner, with…

Orlando, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) today announced the appointments of new brand presidents at Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse, as well as a new Chief Marketing Officer.  The following leaders will report to Drew Madsen , Darden’s…

Orlando, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) today announced that JJ Buettgen has resigned from his position as chief marketing officer at the company, effective immediately, to become president and CEO of Ruby Tuesday, Inc. “We understand and respect…

President Obama’s health-care plan was supposed to help uninsured minorities, but it’s actually hurting them. One restaurant chain after another is cutting full-time slots to avoid ObamaCare. Earlier this week, the owner of Red Lobster and Olive Garden announced it’s…

Partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund provides scholarships and academic support to 40 low-income students Los Angeles, CA  (RestaurantNews.com)  The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), the leading provider of college scholarships to Hispanics across the country, and the Darden Restaurants, Inc.…