Darden to pull the plug on Smokey Bones

ORLANDO Fla. Darden Restaurants Inc. on Saturday said it was shutting down its struggling Smokey Bones restaurant division by closing 54 units and selling the remaining 73.

Darden, which also operates the Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52 casual-dining concepts, will take a fourth-quarter pre-tax charge of about $260 million for the closures and sale. The company is also selling its two Rocky River Grillhouse restaurants, which were seen

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