Olive Garden: Battle of the breadsticks

Olive Garden: Battle of the breadsticks

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Restaurant operators cringe when they see so much as a single negative review posted anonymously on Yelp or TripAdvisor. So it must have been especially painful for Darden Restaurant executives to read “Transforming Darden Restaurants,” a scathing 296-page assessment of the company issued by Starboard Value, the hedge fund that owns more than $500 million worth of Darden stock. Among other vividly rendered complaints: Olive Garden’s food is lousy.

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