Insufferable Progs – They Just Don’t Get it….. They Probably Never Will….. (A Follow-Up Story)

Last year we wrote several articles about Darden Restuarants owners of Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Longhorn Steakhouse.  Specifically, how their progressive ideology disconnects them from business sense.   At the time we spotlighted a few specific examples from their ideological organization, and flawed business model.  We penned:

[...] You see the point is, Progs believe in their progressive ideology with such core reverence, they are constitutionally incapable of seeing how detached they are from the rest of us.  It is an emotion over logic thing for them.

That’s why they look at each other cross-eyed, whether in the Olive Garden board room, or the MSNBC punditry round table following the Wisconsin Election.

Same-Same.  (link)

The problem really began in 2011 when they decided to join Michelle Obama:

September 15th 2011 Olive Garden Media Announcement - First Lady Michelle Obama gave her support Thursday to healthful menu changes at Darden Restaurants, the parent company of mega-chains such as Olive Garden and Red Lobster. The company announced Thursday  it’s cutting calories and sodium in all of its restaurants, offering more healthful choices on its kids’ menus and revamping other food choices.

Darden Restaurants Inc. is pledging to cut calories and sodium in its meals by 20 percent over a decade. Among promised changes for children, a fruit or vegetable side and low-fat milk will become standard with kids’ meals unless a substitution is requested.

Yes, you read that right.   The food police, nanny statist and tamale loving FLOTUS, talked her prog pals and campaign 2012 donors into becoming food Nazi’s, and now there are no more french fries for the little ones unless an adult asks for them.  Yep, French Fries Now Need Parental Permission at the Olive Garden effective October 2011.

The company stock value continued to drop (the death spiral) and was down 12% last week….. and getting worse – the problems are embedded.

Olive-GardenHere is the follow-up today, 8 months later:   ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Darden Restaurants (DRI), struggling to draw more customers into its Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants, said Friday that its third-quarter profit could fall below Wall Street’s expectations and cut its outlook for the year.

The Orlando, Fla.-based chain has tried to revamp menus and marketing for its flagship chains. But revenue at Olive Garden, Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse locations open at least one year is expected to fall 4.5 percent in the quarter ending Feb. 24, indicating those efforts have yet to pay off.

The company’s priority is re-establishing customer traffic momentum at the three restaurant chains, said CEO Clarence Otis in a statement. “We recognize there is still more to do to further address affordability and to improve other important aspects of the guest experiences we provide.”

Otis said the first half of the fiscal third quarter was “encouraging,” but higher payroll taxes and rising gas prices, along with severe winter weather, sent sales sliding in February.

Darden Restaurants Inc. said net income from continuing operations in December-February period will be $1 to $1.02 per share, below analyst expectations of $1.12 per share, according to FactSet.

Darden, like other restaurant chains, has been dealing with tougher competition due to the growing popularity of chains such as Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread. They offer food that’s a step up from fast food but not as expensive as a sit-down restaurant.

To combat this, at Olive Garden, the company rolled out an updated advertising campaign and introduced more light and affordable dishes. At Red Lobster, it added options for people who don’t like seafood.

But so far these changes have not sparked a turnaround. In January Darden replaced the president of Olive Garden in an effort to improve results. [...]

For the third quarter, Darden expects revenue in restaurants open at least one year, a key retail metric, to drop 4 percent at Olive Garden, 7 percent at Red Lobster and 1.5 percent at LongHorn Steakhouse. For its division of smaller restaurant chains, it expects the measure to rise 2 percent.

For the fiscal year ending in May, Darden predicted revenue in restaurants open at least one year to rise 6 to 7 percent across its chains. The figure is expected to fall 1.5 to 2.5 percent for its division containing the Red Lobster, Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse chains.

The company cut its outlook for 2013 earnings from continuing operations to $3.06 to $3.22 per share, from a December prediction of $3.29 to $3.49 per share. Analysts expected $3.38 per share.  (read more)

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12 Responses to Insufferable Progs – They Just Don’t Get it….. They Probably Never Will….. (A Follow-Up Story)

  1. lovemygirl says:

    If you have not even run a hotdog stand, how can you understand how to run a multi-billion corporation much less a multi-trillion dollar budget?

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  2. Rich Branson says:

    Good, hopefully they go out of business for being so myopic as to buy into the Obama scheme.

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  3. PatriotUSA says:

    ‘Let’s Move’ our country into bankruptcy and ‘Forward’, letting gov’t forcibly take away anything that might be enjoyably or tastes great. Such things are haram to Obama and his ilk.

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  4. michellc says:

    My DH has always loved Olive Garden, but since they changed their menu every time he craves Olive Garden and thinks they’ll go back to the old recipes he finds out that it still just doesn’t taste the same. The last time he thought he had to go, he said I give up, they screwed with the sauce, they’re not salting their water enough on the spaghetti, it’s a waste of my hard earned money.
    We’re not people who eat out often and when we do we don’t care to know our calorie content or salt content and frankly poorly salted water and pasta is not something we want to eat.
    Fine with me though, I wanted to write them off when I found who and what they are after they joined up with Michelle Obama and finally their food got so bland, the DH agreed to give up his one weakness ran by liberals.
    What’s funny is the first lady who eats like a pig wouldn’t even eat their new bland Michelle Obama healthy menu. lol

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  5. czarowniczy says:

    First off the main problem here is referring to the Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Longhorn as ‘restaurants’, or has our definition and acceptance of what constitutes fine dining slipped that far. Are Mickey D’s , Pizza Hut and BK ‘restaurants’? Perhaps the progressive’s lack of basic tastes extends to these places as ‘restaurants, which goes along with their cultural and political tastes. Looking at the three eateries I believe I can see why they are taking some time to cut sodium (not necessarily ‘salt’) and calories. When we see ‘sodium’ we automatically think salt but there’s also a lot of MSG in restaurant foods, put there to get that flavor profile that makes it taste good so that you =forget that most of the stuff in the kitchen’s processed in huge vats somewhere in the Midwest and shipped to your friendly neighborhood store in huge frozen boxes or 50-gallon carboys. Cut that sodium? Just swap out the MSG for monopotassium glutomate and perhaps a dash of salt. Actually, you could say that you removed X-amount of sodium (but not mention removing the MSG, or most of it) and replaces some of it with salt and still say that you removed x-amount of sodium and not mention replacing it in another form. You did remove the sodium – or is the parsing too fine for your tastes? Much like prog economic programs.

    They all try and stuff you with free bread, white processed flour that turns to sugar in your mouth, so that smaller portions will fill you up. Same goes with salad, the very hard to digest roughage bulks up your stomach and in combination with the bread fills you up so smaller portions are more satisfying – and more cost-effective. To lower calories you serve more greens and a fluffier bread (or a bread whose batter’s been ‘enhanced’ with raw cellulose filler) – think ‘whipped’ butter as in more volume with less bilk. “Reduced’ calorie meals can also mean that some portion(s) have been reduced in size or bulked with filler to make the overall calorie count lower. Using my personal experience in Longhorn it could also mean the cut of meat was so basically inedible hyenas on the Veldt passed on it – voila, fewer calories. Much like prog social programs.

    Good God, what makes you think that the same ilk who can’t serve up an honest and decent government could cough up an honest and decent meal? Would you let Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid fondle your fondue?

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  6. yadent says:

    Another reason my wife and myself mostly patronize our local eateries rather than the ‘faceless’ chains. Many of these owners along with their employees we now call friends plus we know how our food is being prepared.

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    • lovemygirl says:

      YES!
      I just discovered a few recently and they love the new business! Go “where everybody knows your name” ;) The freshly made pasta, home grown spices and imported stuff that can’t be found local plus the family atmosphere has me searching and searching for more locals. Luckily I live where there are PLENTY!

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  7. boutis says:

    A local restaurant chain started dollars off coupons for ordering before 6:00 PM. They also started a small plate deal for children to share their parents entree with a small drink for a buck. They have generous portions, not huge, with regional favorites and lots of vegetables. The place (which serves no alcohol) is packed with young families and retirees and is next to a shrinking Olive Garden whose overflow customer vehicles park in the OG parking lot. LOL.

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  8. elvischupacabra says:

    I guess they didn’t read my e-mail about how I’d never walk into one of their freakin’ restaurants… ever, ever, ever again, because of their politically motivated actions with the First Lady.

    Maybe I was the only one who let them know. NOT.

    Besides, Olive Garden is one step up from Chef Boy-R-Dee, and Red Lobster is right up there with Mrs. Paul’s. Give me a REAL, family-owned Italian or Gulf Seafood restaurant, any day.

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  9. stellap says:

    I’ve never eaten at their steakhouse, but I learned long ago that Red Lobster’s fish isn’t the same as the fish I know of elsewhere, and the Italian at Olive Garden is inferior to the same style of Italian food at my local restaurants. Now you tell me that the owners are filthy progs, and their food is worse than it was in the first place, so I am very sure I won’t be eating at either place any time in the near future, and probably never.

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  10. Aoife says:

    I’m loving how all these businesses are cratering. A & F…the Darden chain….freaking libtards are going to learn about how capitalism works the hard way. BWAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Which reminds me of a not so pleasant situation recently involving the Massage Envy franchise. They have some pretty draconian policies regarding gift cards that basically says once you buy one it’s their money. If the recipient doesn’t want to use any of their services…too bad. Caveat emptor folks. read the fine print carefullly.

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