News Release Details

Darden Restaurants to Host its Fourth Quarter Conference Call on the Internet

June 16, 2000

ORLANDO, Fla., June 16, 2000 - Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) is hosting its Fourth Quarter conference call on Friday, June 23, 2000, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet. Joe Lee, Chairman and CEO, and other senior management invite you to listen to the fourth quarter results.

To listen to the call live, please go to the following website at least fifteen minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available shortly after the call.

What: Darden Restaurants, Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Release
When: 8:30 a.m., Friday, June 23, 2000
How: Live over the Internet -- simply log on to the web at the address above.

As the largest casual dining restaurant company in the world, Darden Restaurants, Inc. owns and operates over 1,100 Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Bahama Breeze and Smokey Bones BBQ restaurants with annual sales of $3.5 billion. Darden is headquartered in Orlando, Fla.