Seasons 52 gearing up for expansion

Chain officials discuss why the time is right for growth

After years of slow expansion, Darden Restaurants Inc. is ramping up growth plans for its grill and wine bar concept Seasons 52.

The opening Oct. 4 of a new Seasons 52 in Plano, Texas, will bring the total number of the upscale concept's locations to 13. By fall 2011, Darden expects have 19 Seasons 52 restaurants in operation.

Seasons 52 was founded in 2003 in Orlando, Fla., where Darden is based. The company initially tested the concept with seven restaurants in Fl

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