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Old 09-13-2014, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Investor is critical of the number of breadsticks served and declining quality of the food. And who in their right mind would NOT salt the water for cooking pasta. Unreal.

Is Olive Garden
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Old 09-13-2014, 08:21 PM
 
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Saw this today as well. Based on the restaurants name I'm sure you have no issue with any bad press they get kudz.



Now if it said Mushroom Garden........
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Old 09-13-2014, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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funny funny boy. I needed a little chuckle here at the end of the day
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Old 09-13-2014, 08:43 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Starboard Value should butt out of the restaurant business if it wants to negatively critique a high quality restaurant to the point of increasing prices, decreasing quality of food, portions and value, and adversely affecting sales and performance. I would not be surprised if popular companies currently traded publicly go private to avoid special interest groups.

Olive Garden does well serving up the never ending pasta bowl and providing unlimited breadsticks and salad. Darden needs to be careful about not endangering its remaining brands. It did not take care of Red Lobster, sold it recently, and the separate brand is seeing increased sales and performance.
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Old 09-13-2014, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Starboard Value should butt out of the restaurant business if it wants to negatively critique a high quality restaurant to the point of increasing prices, decreasing quality of food, portions and value, and adversely affecting sales and performance. I would not be surprised if popular companies currently traded publicly go private to avoid special interest groups.

Olive Garden does well serving up the never ending pasta bowl and providing unlimited breadsticks and salad. Darden needs to be careful about not endangering its remaining brands. It did not take care of Red Lobster, sold it recently, and the separate brand is seeing increased sales and performance.
Are you saying you consider Olive Garden a high quality restaurant? I certainly would not. Of course it's not fast food but high quality? Not to me. Yes good value for the kind of food it serves.
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Old 09-13-2014, 08:58 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Are you saying you consider Olive Garden a high quality restaurant? I certainly would not. Of course it's not fast food but high quality? Not to me. Yes good value for the kind of food it serves.
What I perceive as a high quality restaurant is different from another's perception.

The three Olive Garden locations I have dined at so far have been good experiences.

As I think about it, I am getting hungry for the healthy and delicious Never Ending Pasta Bowl.
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Old 09-14-2014, 02:10 AM
 
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ive heard olive garden is set up similar to a fast food restaurant....how the food comes in and prepared
it doesn't take a chef to be in their kitchen, just follow the instructions on the food portion.

we had a red lobster for a few months, they even had a lobster tank at the front of the restaurant with maine lobsters in it- but most of the lobster on the menu were from frozen warm water (spiny) lobster tails

I like the olive garden for what it is- its a national chain that does very well- but , to see people lined up and waiting for an hour to eat, while most of the independent, locally owned restaurants have died off- makes me cringe
apparently, they are doing something right
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Old 09-14-2014, 05:01 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Has anyone else noticed how Yahoo is OBSESSED with Darden Corp and their diners??? There is CONSTANTLY at least 3 "news articles" running on any Yahoo page about OG, Longhorn Steakhouse or Red Lobster. WHT????!?!?! Constantly bashing, constantly telling you "why they are losing business/revenue". I have no idea what their axe to grid is with this company, but it is apparent.
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Old 09-14-2014, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I've noticed most media cover Darden. but not anyone being obsessed. These restaurants serve many many people in our country. I think many people think of them as places to celebrate birthdays, family reunions, office parties, etc. And obviously there are many shareholders throughout the country. What is happening is news and should be reported.
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Old 09-14-2014, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Missouri
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I really like Olive Garden but haven't gone in years. I tend to cook a lot of pasta at home, and I tend to favor mom-and-pop Italian restaurants.

I only salt the water I cook my pasta in 1/2 the time. I've never noticed any difference in the end result whatsoever. I'm really not sure what the point is, but I do it out of habit.
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