Darden said to be close to sale of Smokey Bones

ORLANDO Fla. The sale of the 73-unit Smokey Bones chain could be imminent as bids were due to parent company Darden Restaurants Inc. on Oct. 10 and expire after two weeks, according to a source close to the process who requested anonymity.

Joe Chabus, a spokesman for Smokey Bones, said that he could not comment on the auction process, but confirmed that there were a number of “quality bids” on the table and that Darden is examining them.

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