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Darden Restaurants Board Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend

March 31, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla., March 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.50 per share on the Company's outstanding common stock.  The dividend is payable on May 2, 2016 to shareholders of record at the close of business on April 11, 2016.

About Darden

Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI) owns and operates more than 1,500 restaurants that generate $6.8 billion in annual sales. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, and employing 150,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people.  Our restaurant brands - Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V's and Yard House - reflect the rich diversity of those who dine with us. Our brands are built on deep insights into what our guests want. For more information, please visit www.darden.com.

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SOURCE Darden Restaurants, Inc.: Financial

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