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

DuaneUrban Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 8:46 AM
Olive Gardens was always high-priced and with small servings as are most Italian restaurants. Fast food is down as well. You can tell because at the drive through very few have one window open to pay and another to pick up food. As pay goes down and everything else goes up restaurants will suffer.... maybe some of those huge corporate chains should invest some of their billions in US manufacturing companies who don't offshore.......
Eleanor32 Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 3:03 PM
I never can figure out why Italian restaurants charge so much. Italian food was usually one of the cheapest meals I could prepare for our family.

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,