| Jun 20, 2011
| 9:21 PM
Diners at national chain restaurants are most satisfied with Olive Garden and Pizza Hut, according to a newly-released portion of the American Consumer Satisfaction Index, and they're much happier with pizza than burgers.
The ACSI is an annual survey...
| Mar 14, 2012
| 9:50 AM
Marilyn Hagerty’s review of the Olive Garden in Grand Forks, N.D., is hardly about the restaurant’s “warm and comforting” chicken Alfredo or the “attractive” bar area -- it’s the purest gauge of all that is...
| Apr 5, 2012
| 10:50 AM
McDonald’s Corp. can keep selling Happy Meals with toys to California children after a San Francisco judge threw out a proposed class-action lawsuit seeking to ban the practice in the state.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest said it...
| Mar 19, 2012
| 12:31 PM
The restaurant industry’s royal line of succession has shifted, with Wendy’s usurping Burger King as the second-largest sales-getter behind McDonald’s.
In its annual ranking of U.S. restaurants, research group Technomic Inc. placed...
| Mar 23, 2012
| 1:39 PM
Maybe it's Marilyn Hagerty working her magic: Olive Garden is reversing out of a long slump with more visitors and better sales.
A few weeks after the elderly North Dakota reviewer’s piece on a new Olive Garden restaurant in Grand Forks went...
| May 11, 2012
| 1:35 PM
Millennials, the 19- to 34-year-olds who eat out more than any other generation, are considered by restaurant owners to be the new golden geese. But luring them in is a tricky affair.
They're not just looking for tasty treats at a good value. What they...
| Jun 22, 2012
| 8:16 AM
Darden Restaurants Inc.’s efforts to spruce up Olive Garden’s lagging sales, including national promotions and cost cuts, were “less effective than anticipated,” the company said while announcing its fiscal fourth-quarter...
| Jun 21, 2012
| 11:30 AM
McDonald’s rules the fast food roost when it comes to revenue. But when customer satisfaction is at stake, the burger behemoth comes in dead last, according to a new survey.
The American Consumer Satisfaction Index ranks pizza chain Papa John&...
| Jul 12, 2012
| 4:46 PM
Darden Restaurants Inc., the owner of Olive Garden and Red Lobster, will buy Irvine-based restaurant chain Yard House USA Inc. for $585 million in cash.
The deal with Yard House owner TSG Consumer Partners will place the chain -- known for its vast...
| Feb 3, 2011
Over months of Friday mornings, the teenagers dug holes for kale and eggplant. They staked and tied vines heavy with tomatoes and pulled out the plants when the season was done.
Working alongside them on a narrow strip of schoolyard outside Olympic...
| Sep 16, 2011
| 9:35 PM
The labor fight between union officials and grocery employers spilled outside of the negotiation room Friday as Ralphs announced that the company would “initially” close all 250 of its Southern California stores if workers go on strike. How...