Category: Orlando Sentinel

Take a look at your house – are you a hoarder?

November 24th, 2014 in 2014, Gail Steketee, Newsmakers, Orlando Sentinel, School of Social Work 0 comments

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Gail Steketee, School of Social Work

But I might need it. But it was expensive. But it was Mom’s. But it still works. But it was a gift. But I might lose weight. But it might be worth something. But it’s irreplaceable. But I don’t have time to deal with it…

Expert quote:

“Our relationship with stuff can be put on a spectrum.”

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Darden changes could come fast, analysts say

October 14th, 2014 in 2014, Christopher Muller, Newsmakers, Orlando Sentinel, School of Hospitality Administration 0 comments

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Christopher Muller, School of Hospitality Administration

Where are my breadsticks? Change could come swiftly after takeover at Olive Garden…

Expert quote:

“There are certain things [the new board] can implement immediately, but it will take time to change the entire company.”

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Darden completes $2.1 billion sale of its Red Lobster chain

July 28th, 2014 in 2014, Christopher Muller, Newsmakers, Orlando Sentinel, School of Hospitality Administration 0 comments

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Christopher Muller, School of Hospitality Administration

Red Lobster began a new era Monday, as Orlando-based Darden Restaurants completed its $2.1 billion sale to private equity firm Golden Gate Capital. The chain is going “back to the basics of being not just the biggest, but the best seafood restaurant,” said Kim Lopdrup, Red Lobster’s new chief executive officer…

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Darden announces sale of Red Lobster

May 17th, 2014 in 2014, Christopher Muller, Newsmakers, Orlando Sentinel, School of Hospitality Administration 0 comments

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Christopher Muller, School of Hospitality Administration

Darden Restaurants’ $2.1 billion sale of Red Lobster, its oldest brand, may free the company of a financial burden and allow it to focus on rebuilding its other restaurant chains, such as Olive Garden…

Expert quote:

“Somewhere a forecast has to have been made at Darden that relying on fish as a long-term sustainable resource is a risk too large to take.”

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Ex-Darden leader Blum takes key role in activist investor battle

March 3rd, 2014 in 2014, Christopher Muller, Newsmakers, Orlando Sentinel, School of Hospitality Administration 0 comments

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Christopher Muller, School of Hospitality Administration

Brad Blum’s career has been full of unexpected turns since he rescued Olive Garden in the 1990s from what he called “the brink of extinction.” After turning the chain around, Blum was considered a logical choice to lead its owner, Orlando-based Darden Restaurants. Instead, he headed to Burger King in 2002. Since then, he has revamped a rival Italian chain’s menu, offered to work for $1 at another company and opened a restaurant serving hot dogs made from grass-fed beef…

Expert quote:

“Blum’s hiring sends the message to the other side [that] we’ve got someone in our stable who can run the company if it comes to that, so you’d better listen to us.”

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In Atlanta, Darden opens its first airport restaurant

February 19th, 2014 in 2014, Christopher Muller, Newsmakers, Orlando Sentinel, School of Hospitality Administration 0 comments

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Christopher Muller, School of Hospitality Administration

Orlando-based Darden Restaurants has opened its first restaurant in an airport…

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Darden hopes Eddie V’s will hook more customers

October 13th, 2013 in 2013, Christopher Muller, Newsmakers, Orlando Sentinel, School of Hospitality Administration 0 comments

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Christopher Muller, School of Hospitality Administration

One look inside the first Eddie V’s Prime Seafood opening next week in Orlando will give you a glimpse of the changing face of Darden Restaurants…

Expert quote:

“We can name half a dozen premium steak places …. but not the same in fish. I’m going to guess that people who eat fish are more health conscious, drink less alcohol and probably dine out less often than red meat eaters.”

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Darden Restaurants reducing 85 corporate positions; COO Drew Madsen leaving

September 21st, 2013 in 2013, Christopher Muller, Newsmakers, Orlando Sentinel, School of Hospitality Administration 0 comments

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Christopher Muller, School of Hospitality Administration

Darden Restaurants announced the elimination of 85 jobs at its Orlando headquarters and the retirement of its second-in-command on Friday as it struggles with performance issues at its key chains, Olive Garden and Red Lobster…

Expert quote:

“Olive Garden, probably more than any other company in the entire industry, is smack in the sweet middle-class mindset. It is middle class and … the middle class is suffering.”

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LongHorn aims to up its steakhouse game

September 2nd, 2013 in 2013, Christopher Muller, Newsmakers, Orlando Sentinel, School of Hospitality Administration 0 comments

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Christopher Muller, School of Hospitality Administration

Walk up to this city’s new LongHorn Steakhouse, and you’ll find a dramatic entryway with a stone-and-timber arch and a large wagon-wheel chandelier…

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Automatic tips may be off the table

August 18th, 2013 in 2013, Christopher Muller, Newsmakers, Orlando Sentinel, School of Hospitality Administration 0 comments

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Christopher Muller, School of Hospitality Administration

If you dine out in a big group, chances are you’ve had an automatic tip tacked on to your bill…

Expert quote:

“It is potentially a dramatic challenge to company profitability.”

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