Darden Restaurants

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Darden Restaurants, Inc. is an American multi-brand restaurant operator headquartered in Orlando.wikipedia
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Olive Garden

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As of April 2017, the firm owns two fine dining restaurant chains: Eddie V's Prime Seafood and The Capital Grille; and six casual dining restaurant chains: Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, Yard House and Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen.
It is a subsidiary of Darden Restaurants, Inc., which is headquartered in Orange County, Florida.

Eddie V's Prime Seafood

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As of April 2017, the firm owns two fine dining restaurant chains: Eddie V's Prime Seafood and The Capital Grille; and six casual dining restaurant chains: Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, Yard House and Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen.
In 2011, the brand was sold for $59 million cash to Darden Restaurants, Inc. and became a part of Darden's Specialty Restaurant Group.

LongHorn Steakhouse

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As of April 2017, the firm owns two fine dining restaurant chains: Eddie V's Prime Seafood and The Capital Grille; and six casual dining restaurant chains: Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, Yard House and Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen.
LongHorn Steakhouse is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is owned and operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida.

The Capital Grille

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As of April 2017, the firm owns two fine dining restaurant chains: Eddie V's Prime Seafood and The Capital Grille; and six casual dining restaurant chains: Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, Yard House and Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen.
The Capital Grille is an American restaurant chain of upscale steakhouses owned by Darden Restaurants.

Orlando, Florida

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Darden Restaurants, Inc. is an American multi-brand restaurant operator headquartered in Orlando.
Orlando is the home base of Darden Restaurants, the parent company of Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse, and the largest operator of restaurants in the world by revenue.

Bahama Breeze

As of April 2017, the firm owns two fine dining restaurant chains: Eddie V's Prime Seafood and The Capital Grille; and six casual dining restaurant chains: Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, Yard House and Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen.
Bahama Breeze is an American restaurant chain owned by Darden Restaurants.

Yard House

As of April 2017, the firm owns two fine dining restaurant chains: Eddie V's Prime Seafood and The Capital Grille; and six casual dining restaurant chains: Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, Yard House and Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen.
Yard House was purchased by Darden Restaurants in 2012 for $585 million.

Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen

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As of April 2017, the firm owns two fine dining restaurant chains: Eddie V's Prime Seafood and The Capital Grille; and six casual dining restaurant chains: Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, Yard House and Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen.
In August 2007, the company recruited Kelly Baltes from Darden Restaurants to serve as CEO.

General Mills

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While the locations were profitable, the company lacked the resources to expand further, so Darden sold the company to food giant General Mills that year.
Another themed restaurant, China Coast, was added before the entire group was spun off to General Mills shareholders in 1995 as Darden Restaurants.

Red Lobster

Until July 28, 2014, Darden also owned Red Lobster. On May 16, 2014, Darden announced it would be selling the Red Lobster seafood restaurant chain to Golden Gate Capital for US$2.1 billion.
Golden Gate Capital has been Red Lobster's parent company since it was acquired from Darden Restaurants on July 28, 2014.

Seasons 52

As of April 2017, the firm owns two fine dining restaurant chains: Eddie V's Prime Seafood and The Capital Grille; and six casual dining restaurant chains: Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, Yard House and Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen.

Clarence Otis Jr.

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Chief Executive Officer Clarence Otis, Jr. announced he would be resigning at the end of the year, the same day the Red Lobster sale was complete.
Clarence Otis Jr. (born April 11, 1956 in Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States) is an American businessman and former CEO of Darden Restaurants.

Smokey Bones

The company then began testing a new concept entitled Smokey Bones BBQ Sports Bar that opened in late 1999 in Orlando.
In August 1999, Darden Restaurants, Inc. opened the first Smokey Bones restaurant in Orlando, Florida, at the site previously occupied by Red Lobster and close to Darden's headquarters.

York Steak House

One of the company's first ventures into the diversification of its portfolio was the York Steak House chain of English-themed steak and chop restaurants in the 1970s.
Although it is not very clear when General Mills disposed of the York Steak House chain, it is known that York Steak House was not part of General Mills' portfolio of restaurant chains when Darden Restaurants was spun off in 1995.

China Coast

In 1990, China Coast was launched as an attempt to create a (U.S.) national casual dining restaurant that featured American Chinese cuisine.

Golden Gate Capital

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On May 16, 2014, Darden announced it would be selling the Red Lobster seafood restaurant chain to Golden Gate Capital for US$2.1 billion.
On July 28, 2014 Golden Gate completed the purchase of Red Lobster from Darden Restaurants for $2.1 billion.

Types of restaurants

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As of April 2017, the firm owns two fine dining restaurant chains: Eddie V's Prime Seafood and The Capital Grille; and six casual dining restaurant chains: Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, Yard House and Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen.

Fortune 500

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As of 2018, Darden is the only Fortune 500 company with its corporate headquarters in Greater Orlando.

Greater Orlando

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As of 2018, Darden is the only Fortune 500 company with its corporate headquarters in Greater Orlando.