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

March 20, 2000

ORLANDO, Fla., March 20 -- Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) is hosting its third quarter conference call on Friday, March 24, 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 third 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. Third Quarter Earnings Release
When: 8:30 a.m., Friday, March 24, 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.