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Olive Garden

Despite blip, Olive Garden back on track

Despite blip, Olive Garden back on track

Darden without Olive Garden is like Disney without the Magic Kingdom or the Orlando Magic without Dwight Howard. The brand defines the Orlando-based Fortune 500 company. It's long been Darden's cash cow, contributing nearly half of the company's $7.5 billion in revenue. So when Darden executives said promotional campaigns flopped earlier this year and dragged down sales, I almost choked on my breadstick. Darden's Italian stallion doesn't stumble often. But when it does, it's worth noting. Remember this was the brand that posted a remarkable streak of 57 quarters of same restaurant sales growth through the lowest points of the recession until it was finally...