Olive Garden finds 2Q success with value offerings, to-go service

December 20, 2016

Olive Garden’s same-store sales outperformed the casual-dining segment by more than 5 percentage points in its most recent quarter, parent company Darden Restaurants Inc. said Tuesday, as the chain lured customers with value offerings and to-go service.

Same-store sales at the 842-unit Italian chain rose 2.6 percent in the second quarter ended Nov. 27.

The results were 540 basis points higher than the casual-dining segment as a whole, without taking into account Darden’s six other concepts, according to the Knapp-Track casual-dining index. The performance was especially strong considering sustained struggles at casual-dining restaurants.

“Our approach continues to be effective,”