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…
Olive Garden Takes ‘Never Ending’ To The Next Level With Never Ending Classics

New promotion features endless orders of popular entrees, including Chicken Parmigiana and Lasagna Orlando, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Olive Garden is introducing the next phase in ‘never ending’ with its new Never Ending Classics promotion. Available in restaurants today, the new limited-time…
Olive Garden Unveils New Breadstick Sandwiches and Deep Dish Spaghetti Pies

Summer Sampling Tour Gives Families and Friends Nationwide Opportunity to Gather Around the Table Orlando, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Olive Garden is doubling its offering of Breadstick Sandwiches and bringing new twists on an Italian classic. Beginning this week, iconic Olive Garden…
Ziosk Completes Installation of Tabletop Tablets at Olive Garden Restaurants Nationwide

Ziosk Strengthens Restaurant Payment Security Through Industry-First Point-to-Point Encryption at More Than 800 Olive Garden Restaurants Dallas, TX  (RestaurantNews.com)  Ziosk, maker of the world’s first ordering, entertainment and pay-at-the table tablet, and Olive Garden today announced the completed rollout of…
Olive Garden Introduces Never Ending ‘Family’ Time With New Pasta Pass

Passes Go On Sale Tomorrow and Unlock Seven Weeks of Unlimited Pasta Orlando, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Olive Garden is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its fan-favorite promotion – Never Ending Pasta Bowl – with a new, limited offer. Beginning tomorrow, pasta…
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…
Next up for Olive Garden? More take-out and delivery options

Olive Garden, the recently floundering casual dining chain owned by Darden Restaurants DRI 0.01% , is getting its groove back and aims to continue that momentum by building up its take-out business. The Italian restaurant chain, which made headlines throughout…
Olive Garden Breadstick Bun Sandwiches Make their Menu Debut

First-Ever Food Truck Tour Kicks off to Celebrate Breadstick Fans Nationwide Orlando, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Olive Garden is introducing another way for guests to enjoy its iconic breadsticks with a new menu offering – Signature Breadstick Bun Sandwiches served with fries…
Olive Garden to Introduce Ziosk Tabletop Tablets

New Technology Enables Olive Garden to Continue Enhancing the Guest Dining Experience Orlando, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Olive Garden today announced it has entered into an agreement with Ziosk, makers of the world’s first ordering, entertainment and pay-at-the-table tablet, to begin the…
Olive Garden Offers Free Entrée with Buy One, Take One

Offer Brings Busy Families Together with the Convenience of Dinner for Two Evenings Orlando, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Olive Garden is making it easy for families to gather around the table by bringing back its popular Buy One, Take One offer. Starting…
How Chipotle Is Forcing Sit-down Chains to Rethink Lunch

For years, casual restaurants such as Olive Garden and Buffalo Wild Wings have been battling for your dinnertime dollars, to be the place where you take the kids for a heaping bowl of spaghetti on their birthday or where you…
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 12/09/14

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). Hoboken, NJ-based PITA GRILL  (founded 1993) has increased by 1 unit, from 7…
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.