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Traffic Slump at Olive Garden, Red Lobster, LongHorn; Smaller Plates, Cheaper Items at Olive Garden

David1334 Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 7:56 PM
It's amazing that Olive Garden still has an hour's wait at peak mealtimes. It's the reason I won't consider going there.
man of steel Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 8:33 PM
Yes. As Yogi Berra used to say, "nobody goes there anymore - it's too crowded".

High gasoline prices coupled with 2% payroll tax hikes is going to take a bite out of restaurant sales this year. For some chains the slump has already started.

Consider Darden Restaurants, the owner of Olive Garden, Red Lobster, LongHorn Steak House. Darden Restaurant Traffic is down an average 4.5, with Red Lobster leading the pack down 7.5%.

Smaller Plates, Cheaper Items at Olive Garden

At Olive Garden,