Darden could become franchisor via buyout

Darden could become franchisor via buyout

ORLANDO, FLA. Darden Restaurants Inc. —Rivals who dread competition from the industry’s largest and highest-grossing casual-dining operator may soon have new reasons to fear

While green-lighting conversions of an unspecified number of branches of its 129-unit Smokey Bones chain to a potentially more attractive new concept, Darden also indicated this month that it may be shopping for an

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