Darden targets Olive Garden’s sluggish performance

Darden targets Olive Garden’s sluggish performance

Darden Restaurants Inc. officials said they plan to emphasize affordability, a new core menu and more remodeled restaurants as part of the company’s efforts to improve lagging sales at its Italian Olive Garden concept.

Executives of Orlando, Fla.-based Darden addressed Olive Garden’s soft traffic and sales during a 2012 first-quarter earnings call Wednesday.

“We’re making changes at Olive Garden with appropriate urgency,” Darden chief executive Cl

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