Darden reassigns Smokey Bones' president to new-business role

ORLANDO Fla. After pulling the plug on its Smokey Bones Barbecue and Grill chain, Darden Restaurants Inc. has reassigned Smokey president JJ Buettgen to the new post of senior vice president of business development.

Darden, whose other casual-dining brands include Red Lobster and Olive Garden, said in early May that it was closing or selling all 127 of its Smokey Bones units. The company said Buettgen would now be responsible for looking at growth

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