The Darden family of restaurants features some of the most recognizable and successful brands in full-service dining. Through subsidiaries, we own and operate more than 1,600 restaurants, employ 165,000 people and serve 380 million guests a year.

Darden’s Mission

Be financially successful through great people consistently delivering outstanding food, drinks and service in an inviting atmosphere, making every guest loyal!

Darden’s Vision

Support best-in-class restaurant brands, helping them reach their full potential by leveraging scale, insight and experience.

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January 22, 2018 Darden Restaurants Announces Leadership Appointments
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 , 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...
January 8, 2018 Darden Restaurants Increases Fiscal 2018 Financial Outlook
Darden Restaurants, Inc. , (NYSE: DRI) today increased its outlook for adjusted diluted net earnings per share from continuing operations* for fiscal 2018 to $4.70 - $4.78 , including plans to make an investment of approximately $20 million in its workforce during fiscal 2018. The Company also announced the fiscal 2018 anticipated financial impacts of H.R. 1, originally known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Tax Act) enacted on December 22, 2017. During the Company's fiscal third quarter ending February 25, 2018, the Company will be required to revalue its deferred tax assets and deferred tax liabilities to account for the future impact of lower corporate tax rates on these deferred amounts. Based upon preliminary analysis, the Company estimates that it will record non-cash net tax benefits of approximately $70 million, or approximately $0.56 per diluted share, related to the revaluation of these deferred tax items. Additionally, and excluding the deferred tax revaluation benefit...
December 19, 2017 Darden Restaurants Reports Fiscal 2018 Second Quarter Results; Second Quarter Same-Restaurant Sales Growth Of 3.1%; And Increases Financial Outlook For The Full Fiscal Year
Darden Restaurants, Inc. , (NYSE:DRI) today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended November 26, 2017. Second Quarter 2018 Financial Highlights, Comparisons Versus Same Fiscal Quarter Last Year Total sales increased 14.6% to $1.88 billion, including 11.5% growth from the addition of 153 Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen restaurants and 28 other net new restaurants Blended same-restaurant sales from Darden's legacy brands increased 3.1%
+3.0% for Olive Garden +3.8% for The Capital Grille
+2.0% for Yard House +3.8% for LongHorn Steakhouse
+6.8% for Eddie V's -0.5% for Seasons 52

+2.5% for Bahama Breeze Same-restaurant sales for Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen were -2.0% Reported diluted net earnings per share from continuing operations increased 10.9% to $0.71 and were negatively impacted by approximately $0.02 related to Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen integration expenses Adjusted diluted net earnings per share from continuing...