I haven't eaten a lot of Olive Garden the last few years. It's not because I don't like it...if you want overly creamy, high calorie 'Italian Food', Olive Garden is consistently tasty. It's not even because I have come over all kinds of healthy. Nope...the real reason is that we only have one Olive Garden in the Tri-Cities(a community of over 250,000)....and the one we do have is a zoo from open to close.
Seeing how packed our local one is, it's tough for me to believe that on a national level, Olive Garden is in increasingly deep financial doo-doo.(It's easier for me to believe that sister restaurant Red Lobster is in trouble). But, the paper has been full of articles saying just that...and now there was one today about how a Hedge Fund company that wants to take over Olive Garden produced a THREE HUNDRED page report about everything that was wrong with Olive Garden(and how the can fix it if they are given a chance).
One of the main things...Olive Garden is giving out too many breadsticks.
HELLO!!!!!!! As adequate as their pasta and soup is...their fresh, warm bread sticks are the best things that end up on the table. If I didn't have access to 7 or 8 of them to sop up the pint of garlicky alfredo sauce that get's dumped on my fettuccini, I wouldn't bother to go.
Maybe it's time to go stand in line for 45 minutes, to help prop up their bottom line.