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

Wilbor2 Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 3:11 PM
The sequester is a joke, we have cut our budgets 25 percent. The federal goverment under sequester cut the rate of growth by 2.3 percent . The budget was not cut one penny actually it grew by 18 billion dollars.2.3 percent out of a 3.5 Trillion dollar budget is like a citizen makeing $100,000.00 cutting his budget by 25 cent. And the Facist feds can not afford that. Is that bridge in Brooklin still for sale.

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,