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Jan 31, 2011 07:41 PM

This is like Voltron ... Red Lobster and Olive Garden join forces!

From the Orlando Sentinal: "Darden Restaurants tests combo Olive Garden/Red Lobster for smaller markets"

The title sort of says it all, but if you must, you can read the full article here:

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  1. Ummm... AWESOME header. Sorry, not too chowish response but I guess if I have to eat mall food these are the 2 I'd pick.

    1. Something to be excited about if you're an Olive Garden and Red Lobster fan....Jim Cramer of Mad Money should be ecstatic.

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      1. re: monku

        I suppose it's one way to minimize real estate prices ...

        1. re: ipsedixit

          ....and minimize fixed and variable costs...using the same microwave to cook for both kitchens.

          1. re: monku

            Takes the whole notion of "cross-contamination" to new, unexpected levels ...

        2. They are both owned by Darden and seem to attract the same people so I can see why it would makes sense.

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          1. re: redfish62

            Maybe they got the idea from the fast food industry, some fast food places operate two different companies under the same roof.
            I know at some hotels I've been to will have two different restaurants that share the same kitchen.

            1. re: monku

              I've seen lots of Togos and Baskin Robbins combos.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Definitely not the whole is equal to the sum of it's parts.
                I can't be too critical of B&R, that was my first job in 7th grade. I went through the whole menu and all the 31+ flavors there several times.(another thread)

          2. more like marvel team up or two in one......

            voltron was five lion robots that joined into one big one....

            if u want to keep with comic/cartoon theme...


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            1. re: srsone

              If you've already got menu creep with two of the Darden brands, then no reason not to start adding in items from other Darden entities like Longhorn Steakhouse and Bahama Breeze, bringing it up to four parts of the lion. Because the world is, like, just crying out for a high concept 'Italian'/Caribbean fusion menu.

              "Would you like a side order of crab bisque with your mango lobster caccitore pasta tonight? Or we can add bleu cheese crumbles to the dish for another $2.99. "

            2. Lobster Garden or Red Olive?

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              1. re: K K

                There is a small chain around Detroit called Red Olive, so I guess it will have to be Lobster Garden :)

                I like it! "Lobster Garden" conjures up some interesting images