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    I don't know why Olive Garden would be doing well. I've never been a big fan. But I'm not a huge fan of Italian food anyway. Although, I do like their salad and breadsticks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Healthy eating has a lot to do with it. These chains serve food that is ridiculously high in salt an sugar. Being an increasing number of Americans are now sensitive to these ingredients, they either eat at home or elsewhere. I know around here independent owned places are doing really well. So I just think Americans are making better choices. Plus the quality of the food at the places listed is poor. I went to Carrabas awhile back and the chicken was fat and grisly and it wasn't cheap.
    It's pretty much impossible to eat healthy when you eat out. I do remember one of those chains had low calorie meals, but if you had to eat out, particularly if it as quick, what are your options? Get a salad, pay a ridiculous amount, still usually have a really high calorie dressing, and then be hungry a half hour later.

    I bring my own lunches, cook my own dinner and only eat out very rarely. And if I do, I'm going to enjoy it and not worry about eating healthy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Babba View Post
    I don't know why Olive Garden would be doing well. I've never been a big fan. But I'm not a huge fan of Italian food anyway. Although, I do like their salad and breadsticks.
    I think that it could be the Unlimited Soup, Salad, and Breadsticks Lunch for only $6.99 that is helping them. While Chilis does have an unlimited Soup and Salad it doesn't come with those carb heavy breadsticks. Olive Garden accounts for nearly 60% of Darden's revenue. Olive Garden uses technology for drink reorders and paying the check. That could be cutting down on some labor costs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    That is all good information but how does that explain that Olive Garden is doing very well right now? They are a chain restaurant and no one can really say that a big bowl of pasta is a healthy meal.
    Whenever I have been there its full of seniors. I don't see a lot of seniors in Applebees or Rubys or Buffalo Wild Wings. They are geared for a middle aged to young populace. Olive Garden is also cheaper than Carrabas.
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    Here in Gwinnett County there is always a wait at Olive Garden. I can generally walk right in at Applebees or Chilis. My go to place for a quick lunch is Newk's Eatery. Their Ultimate Salad is 497 calories and 17 net grams of carbs (less if you get it without croutons). At $9.49 it's a great deal. They also have an app for ordering so food is ready when I arrive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babba View Post
    I've been eating at independently owned restaurants more so than chains. I'm not sure why. I used to eat at places like Ruby Tuesday's and Applebees fairly regularly.
    I still eat at Chili's and Outback fairly often. I've NEVER eaten at Buffalo Wild Wings or Bonefish Grill; and have only eaten at Red Robin and Ruby Tuesday a couple of times each.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    That is all good information but how does that explain that Olive Garden is doing very well right now? They are a chain restaurant and no one can really say that a big bowl of pasta is a healthy meal.
    A genuine Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest diets on the planet. But, of course, Olive Garden doesn't really serve anything resembling a genuine Mediterranean diet. It's Americanized Italian food.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    Clark Howard is an Atlanta based penny pincher who is a radio personality. He has a daily radio show and is often featured on television shows. His predictions are pretty much spot on. This week he put out a list of eight restaurants that are in trouble. He's not doing it to hurt the restaurant chains but rather to warn consumers that buying their gift cards may not be a good idea right now. These restaurants employ many people across this nation. If he's right and several of these close some stores or all stores, that will be a significant number of people that are looking for work. Oddly, he names one chain that is doing well, Olive Garden. What are they doing better?

    8 of America's favorite restaurant chains are desperate for customers


    Chilis
    Ruby Tuesday
    Red Robin
    Buffalo Wild Wings
    Outback
    Carrabbas
    Bonefish Grill
    Interesting...outback is always crowded wherever I go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    I think that it could be the Unlimited Soup, Salad, and Breadsticks Lunch for only $6.99 that is helping them. While Chilis does have an unlimited Soup and Salad it doesn't come with those carb heavy breadsticks. Olive Garden accounts for nearly 60% of Darden's revenue. Olive Garden uses technology for drink reorders and paying the check. That could be cutting down on some labor costs.
    Chili's (at least my local Chili's restaurants, and there are two of them fairly close) uses similar technology for reordering drinks and paying your bill, yet they are listed here as a struggling chain. Surprises me a bit, actually. I STOPPED eating at Chili's for many years, as I thought their food had become bland. A few years back, I tried them again, found that their menu had kind of reverted to the kind of spicy Mexican/Southwestern food that had made them successful in the first place, and started becoming a regular customer again----as I like that kind of food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thx1138 View Post
    Yes indeed, the "service economy" death spiral...

    Dry cleaners and tanning salons can only keep the country aloft for so long.

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