Olive Garden

Type: Company
Name: Olive Garden
First reported 5 hours ago - Updated 5 hours ago - 1 reports

Investor to Olive Garden: Stop Serving So Many Breadsticks... and 3 More Fixes We Want to See!

Olive Garden has seen better days. Same-store sales have been in a tailspin for over two years as the company's unlimited salad and breadsticks offer resonates with fewer and fewer customers.That has investors mad, and none more so than Starboard Value, ... [Published Motley Fool Discussion Boards - 5 hours ago]
First reported 7 hours ago - Updated 7 hours ago - 1 reports

Americans are tired of long restaurant menus

For years, long, windy menus were the fad. The more options a restaurant offered, the less likely that diners would want to go elsewhere, the thinking went. And the thinking was widespread: Everywhere from Ruby Tuesday to the Olive Garden and McDonald's ... [Published Chicago Daily Herald - 7 hours ago]
First reported 16 hours ago - Updated 16 hours ago - 1 reports

ANDERSON'S WINDOW: Pasta and portion control

Who loves a big plate of steaming hot pasta? Remember those days when people loved pasta? The commercials of the Italian mother leaning out the window bellowing, "Anthonyyyyyyyy!" as her son ran home through the streets of the North End because "Wednesday ... [Published Wicked Local Norwell - 16 hours ago]
First reported Sep 19 2014 - Updated Sep 19 2014 - 2 reports

Power Mad Pasta Pass Owner Attempts To Make Us His Vassals

The sky was bright, the sun was high in the sky and nothing was wr– oh HOLD UP. One of our readers got a neverending Pasta Pass from Olive Garden and thinks that we should be in thrall to him. This is a Consumeristocracy, pal. Power mad Cory wrote in ... [Published Atlanta Journal And Constitution - Sep 19 2014]
Entities: Owner, Olive Garden, Slavery
First reported Sep 18 2014 - Updated Sep 19 2014 - 1 reports

What makes Olive Garden breadsticks so good?

<a style="font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold;font-decoration: none;" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUwBis-1B3I&feature=youtube_gdata"&gt;What makes Olive Garden breadsticks so good? Former Olive Garden bartender answers questions in reddit ... [Published Fox News Channel - YouTube - Sep 18 2014]
Entities: Olive Garden
First reported Sep 18 2014 - Updated Sep 19 2014 - 5 reports

Darden Employees Demand To Be Heard

A new voice has emerged in the battle over Darden Restaurants: the employees of its Olive Garden chain.Darden is fighting a proxy battle with Starboard Value, which is seeking to oust the company’s board. But the activist hedge fund isn’t the only one ... [Published FINalternatives - Sep 19 2014]
First reported Sep 19 2014 - Updated Sep 19 2014 - 1 reports

"Grazie" Olive Garden Guests And Fans For Your Passionate And Ongoing Support

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) today issued the following statement to the tens of thousands of Olive Garden guests and fans who have recently been so outspoken in their passionate support of Olive ... [Published PR Newswire: Consumer Products & Retail - Sep 19 2014]
First reported Sep 18 2014 - Updated Sep 18 2014 - 1 reports

Breadstick recipe revealed? Former Olive Garden server does reddit AMA

Ever wonder what makes Olive Garden's breaksticks so good?A former Olive Garden bartender and server answered this and other burning questions about the Italian food franchise Wednesday in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on reddit.The secret to those breadsticks? ... [Published FOXNews.com - Sep 18 2014]
Entities: Olive Garden
First reported Sep 18 2014 - Updated Sep 18 2014 - 1 reports

Duggar baby registry: Dr. Pepper, Fanta, Olive Garden giftcard

Who says all baby registry items need to be for the baby?Jill Duggar, 23, and Derick Dillard, 25, headed down to their local Walmart on Monday to create their baby registry and Dr. Pepper tops the list as the weirdest item they asked for.“Derick said ... [Published New York Post - Sep 18 2014]
First reported Sep 18 2014 - Updated Sep 18 2014 - 1 reports

The Olive Garden: all-you-can eat for hedge fund raiders

You probably saw the hilarious critique of The Olive Garden that made the rounds last week; the hedge fund behind that critique is a major shareholder with a long history of shady financial deals that gut profitable businesses, destroy jobs, and ... [Published Boing Boing - Sep 18 2014]
First reported Sep 18 2014 - Updated Sep 18 2014 - 1 reports

There is nothing more American than unlimited breadsticks | Emma Brockes

You want to eat this. You know you do. Photograph: Courtesy of Olive GardenI’d never been to an Olive Garden before this week, but I’d thought about it a lot: everything looks so delicious in the commercials. And it sounds nice, doesn’t it? “Olive Garden”, ... [Published Guardian.co.uk - Sep 18 2014]
First reported Sep 18 2014 - Updated Sep 18 2014 - 1 reports

Further reading

Elsewhere on Thursday, - Keynes, Norman and the Macmillan committee. - One bank’s cost is another firm’s revenue. - The Darwin economy – why Smith’s invisible hand breaks down. - The real Olive Garden scandal. Continue reading: Further ... [Published FT Alphaville - Sep 18 2014]
Entities: Olive Garden

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In the past, salads were lightly dressed, with a bottle of dressing at each table if customers wanted more. Today, "Salads are overfilled and regularly dressed with more than the recommended amount of dressing (3-4 times in some restaurants), leading to added cost and unhappy customers." A result of poor training, servers are actually disincentivized from following through on the original intent of the free salad, as providing an overloaded...
"Historically, the size of menus grew significantly because there wasn't the food culture there is today," said Webster. "People weren't nearly as focused on the food, or willing to go out of their way to eat specific foods."
"Now every young cook wants to be a television star. Every young cook wants to open a restaurant one year later after they started to cook. Then they wonder why our business has so many failures" Puck said
...examples cited in the article? I hope this isn't just my inner elitist showing, but I don't normally associate those fine establishments with a "growing appetite for exotic foods and a willingness to seek out specialized cuisines."

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Investor to Olive Garden: Stop Serving So Many ... [Published Motley Fool Discussion Boards - 5 hours ago]
Americans are tired of long restaurant menus [Published Chicago Daily Herald - 7 hours ago]
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Readers' Voice: Sept. 20, 2014 [Published Charleston Gazette - 11 hours ago]
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ANDERSON'S WINDOW: Pasta and portion control [Published Wicked Local Norwell - 16 hours ago]
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Write-Offs: 09.19.14 [Published Dealbreaker - 21 hours ago]
Can Lexus' New Coupe Even Hope To Take On BMW? [Published AskMen US - 22 hours ago]
Trending@NRN: Yum banks on emerging trends [Published Nation's Restaurant News - Sep 19 2014]
Power Mad Pasta Pass Owner Attempts To Make Us ... [Published Atlanta Journal And Constitution - Sep 19 2014]
Power Mad Pasta Pass Owner Attempts To Make Us ... [Published The Consumerist - Sep 19 2014]
Frank Callen Boys & Girls Clubs "A Night of Fut... [Published Savannah Morning News - Sep 19 2014]
Darden Employees Demand To Be Heard [Published FINalternatives - Sep 19 2014]
Consumer Minute: Launch day for Apple & huge Ho... [Published WVEC - Sep 19 2014]
"Grazie" Olive Garden Guests And Fans For Your ... [Published PR Newswire: Consumer Products & Retail - Sep 19 2014]
Olive Garden workers have beef with Starboard [Published New York Post - Sep 19 2014]
EDITORIAL: Sales tax isn't adding up for some [Published Niagara Gazette - Sep 19 2014]
Americans Growing Tired of Long Restaurant Menus [Published RestaurantNews.com - Sep 19 2014]
Marco’s Pizza Franchise on Track to 1,000th Store [Published RestaurantNews.com - Sep 19 2014]
The Melting Pot Toasts to Women and the Revival... [Published RestaurantNews.com - Sep 19 2014]
John Oliver Parody Of Starboard And Olive Garden [Published Value Walk - Sep 19 2014]
Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza Expands To Eleven Los A... [Published RestaurantNews.com - Sep 19 2014]
Golden Gate Bell Restaurant Holdings Acquires 7... [Published RestaurantNews.com - Sep 19 2014]
Olive Garden workers petition Darden, Starboard... [Published New York Daily News - Sep 18 2014]
This is our biggest challenge: Wolfgang Puck [Published CNBC - Sep 18 2014]
Frank Callen Boys & Girls Clubs to kick off par... [Published Savannah Morning News - Sep 18 2014]
10 Thursday PM Reads [Published The Big Picture Blog - Sep 18 2014]
Breadstick recipe revealed? Former Olive Garden... [Published FOXNews.com - Sep 18 2014]
Viral Fast Food's Unholy Rise [Published BusinessWeek - Sep 18 2014]
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Power Mad Pasta Pass Owner Attempts To Make Us ... [Published The Consumerist - Sep 19 2014]
It was a day like any other day. In fact, it was, and is today. The sky was bright, the sun was high in the sky and nothing was wr– oh HOLD UP. One of our readers got a neverending Pasta Pass from Olive Garden and thinks that we should be in thrall ...
"Grazie" Olive Garden Guests And Fans For Your ... [Published PR Newswire: Consumer Products & Retail - Sep 19 2014]
ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) today issued the following statement to the tens of thousands of Olive Garden guests and fans who have recently been so outspoken in their passionate support of Olive ...
10 Thursday PM Reads [Published The Big Picture Blog - Sep 18 2014]
My afternoon train reads: • Falling Stock: As renewables get cheaper and climate risks grow, Wall St sours on the coal industry ( Sierra Club ) • Crash Ahead!!! ( Above the Market )• 401(k) fail: Expert sees ‘totally unexpected’ drop in accounts ( Fortune ...
What makes Olive Garden breadsticks so good? [Published Fox News Channel - YouTube - Sep 18 2014]
<a style="font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold;font-decoration: none;" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUwBis-1B3I&feature=youtube_gdata"&gt;What makes Olive Garden breadsticks so good? Former Olive Garden bartender answers questions in reddit ...
Restaurant Tries to Undermine Yelp in a Way You... [Published The Curious Capitalist - Sep 18 2014]
MoreNew Law Bans Companies From Punishing Online Critics 5 Outrageous Ways People Try to Game Online Reviews Botto Bistro , an Italian pizza-and-pasta establishment in the San Francisco Bay area (Richmond, to be specific), has a 4.6-star rating ...
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Stocks Snap a Five Week Winning Streak [Published Wall Street Journal What's News - Sep 12 2014]
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Darden's profit plunges 35 pct. [Published Reuters Video: Business - Jun 20 2014]
Darden's profit plunges 35 pct. [Published Reuters Video: Business - Jun 20 2014]
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Olive Garden And Redbox Partner For 'Dinner And... [Published Financial Services - Aug 12 2014]
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