Darden Restaurants appoints Dave George as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

ORLANDO, Fla., 2018-Jan-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Darden Restaurants, Inc. (DRI) today (January 22, 2018) 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, Seasons 52 and International Franchising while adding Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen to his leadership portfolio. He will continue to report to Gene Lee, President and CEO of Darden.

“Dave is a seasoned and trusted leader who consistently delivers strong results. As we continue to simplify our operations across all brands, he is uniquely qualified to drive strategic prioritization and accountability, with a laser-focus on operational excellence,” said Lee.

George was named President, Olive Garden in 2013 and Executive Vice President, Darden Restaurants in 2016. He joined Darden in 2007 as President, LongHorn Steakhouse where he had served since 2003. Prior to that, George served as Senior Vice President, Operations for LongHorn Steakhouse (2001 – 2003) and Vice President, Operations for The Capital Grille (2000 – 2001).

The Company also announced that Dan Kiernan has been named President, Olive Garden, effective immediately. Kiernan joined Olive Garden as a Manager-in-Training in 1992 and worked his way through the operations system – moving from General Manager to Director of Operations to Senior Vice President, Operations. He was named Executive Vice President, Operations in 2011 and has played an integral role in Olive Garden’s transformation by focusing on flawless execution in order to deliver memorable guest experiences.

“Dan is a great restaurant operator. His ability to make the complex simple, motivate more than 90,000 team members and lead teams dedicated to delivering memorable guest experiences makes him the perfect leader for Olive Garden,” said George.

“I am excited that Dave has accepted this new challenge that will broaden his influence across the organization and ensure a smooth and effective transition at Olive Garden. I am confident that under Dave and Dan’s leadership, Olive Garden will continue to deliver outstanding food and service to our guests,” said Lee.

About Darden

Darden is a restaurant company featuring a portfolio of differentiated brands that include Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Yard House, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and Eddie V’s. Our people equal our success, and we are proud to employ more than 175,000 team members in nearly 1,700 restaurants. Together, we create memorable experiences for 380 million guests each year in communities across North America. For more information, please visit www.darden.com.

Contact:

(Analysts)
Kevin Kalicak
(407) 245-5870

(Media)
Rich Jeffers
(407) 245-4189

SOURCE: Darden Restaurants, Inc.: General

Olive Garden introduces catering delivery in the U.S. and Canada

ORLANDO, Fla., 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Olive Garden is adding catering delivery to the menu at all restaurants in the U.S. and Canada. Guests can now have their favorite Italian meals and breadsticks delivered for family gatherings, office parties and more.

Designed to make organizing special events easier, catering delivery from Olive Garden allows hosts to spend more time with their guests and less time preparing the menu. Olive Garden Delivery Specialists are available to assist with menu planning and will deliver food right to the door. To further assist with guests’ events, Olive Garden’s catering menu has Catering Meal Combinations, featuring bundles of Olive Garden favorites with variety for every taste at an affordable value.

“Our Olive Garden team members are always striving to make any occasion effortless for our guests so they can focus on quality time with their family and friends,” said Dan Kiernan, executive vice president of operations for Olive Garden. “Our guests have long been utilizing our To Go experience for their large-party dining needs, so we’re excited to offer another convenient option with delivery.”

Catering delivery is available for minimum orders of $125 with a 15 percent delivery fee for orders up to $500 and a 5 percent delivery fee for every dollar thereafter. Each delivery order comes with grated cheese, serving and eating utensils, table covers, plates, napkins and Olive Garden’s signature mints. Chafing dishes, racks and fuel are available for purchase to complete the experience.

To place a catering delivery order, contact your local Olive Garden . For more information about delivery and to find your nearest restaurant, visit OliveGarden.com/Catering-Delivered.

In addition to catering delivery, Olive Garden is introducing new menu items today:

  • Grilled Chicken and Grilled Vegetables Piadinas- A rich, buttery piadina filled with cheeses, fresh spinach and your choice of grilled chicken or vegetables. With roots that go back centuries, this popular Italian street fare is now part of Olive Garden’s Create Your Own Lunch Combination menu.
  • Create Your Own Tour of Italy -Guests can customize their own version of Olive Garden’s Tour of Italy , featuring the guest’s choice of three tastes on one plate.
  • Tuscan Sirloin- Grilled 11-ounce sirloin topped with garlic-herb butter and whole roasted garlic. Served with garlic-Parmesan mashed potatoes.
  • Mozzarella Fritti- An appetizer featuring golden-fried mozzarella cheese, topped with an Alfredo drizzle and served with marinara sauce.

 

ABOUT OLIVE GARDEN
Olive Garden is the leading restaurant in the Italian dining segment with more than 800 restaurants, more than 96,000 employees and more than $3.8 billion in annual sales. Olive Garden is a division of Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), which owns and operates more than 1,500 restaurants that generate over$6.8 billion in annual sales. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and employing more than 150,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people. Olive Garden is committed to making a difference in the lives of others in the local community. As part of this commitment,Olive Garden restaurants have donated more than 34 million pounds of food to local community food banks across the country. For more information, visit www.olivegarden.com. Connect with us on Facebook.com/OliveGarden, Twitter.com/OliveGarden and Instagram.com/OliveGarden.

Contacts:

Marla Saret
Marla.Saret@edelman.com
312-233-1320

Jessica Dinon
Jdinon@olivegarden.com
407-245-4336

SOURCE Olive Garden

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Olive Garden introduces catering delivery in the U.S. and Canada

Olive Garden introduces catering delivery in the U.S. and Canada