Still, affordability is an ongoing issue across the industry and Darden has been slow to address it. At the height of the downturn, for instance, Applebee's introduced a "2 for $20" deal that proved so popular it ended up becoming a menu fixture.
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Darden sees more potential in fixing Olive Garden, which has about 830 locations. The company recently reworked the logo for Italian chain and has been adding lighter menu items, as well as smaller dishes like "crispy risotto bites" that it says reflect eating trends.
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Activist investor Barington Capital has challenged Darden's plans to sell Red Lobster, saying the company should separate Olive Garden and Red Lobster as a pair from its more successful chains. Darden's other chains include Bahama Breeze, Eddie V's and Yard House.
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Darden to sell Red Lobster
Both Olive Garden and Red Lobster have been losing customers in recent years, even as they changed their menus and marketing campaigns to win back business. Part of the problem is the growing popularity of places like Chipotle and Panera, where customers feel they can get the same quality of food without paying as much or waiting for table service.
As it suffered sales declines more recently, executives blamed a variety of factors, including a refusal among customers to swallow price increases. In 2012, for instance, executives cited a $1 price hike for its "Festival of Shrimp" special in explaining a quarterly decline in sales.
first quarter of 2015, which is this summer.
caters to with its more successful chains, which include Longhorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille and Seasons 52. and Canada. The first restaurant in Lakeland, Florida, boasted a menu including a half a dozen oysters for 65 cents and platters with frog legs and hush puppies for $2.50.
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The company, which is based in Orlando, Florida, said Friday that it would sell its seafood chain to investment firm Golden Gate Capital in a $2.1 billion cash deal. The announcement came despite objections from some shareholders to the plan separate Red Lobster, which was announced late last year.
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But Darden CEO Clarence Otis has drawn a distinction between Red Lobster and Olive Garden.
Golden Gate Capital made a separate $1.5 billion deal to sell Red Lobster's real estate to American Realty Capital Properties, then lease it back. Its other investments include California Pizza Kitchen, Payless ShoeSource and Eddie Bauer.
More recently, the company tried to attract a wider array of customers by adding more non seafood dishes to Red Lobster's menu. The efforts didn't take hold.
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NEW YORK Darden is setting Red Lobster adrift, but betting that it can still turn around Olive Garden's fortunes.
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