Mashups Disrupt Menus

Mashup food items are currently at the center of menu innovation, especially at the QSR level. These mashups cause quite a stir in the press and are often backed by large publicity and multimedia campaigns. Most are limited-time offers or test items but some are launched as permanent menu items. They are meant to garner […]

Microcosm of Challenges in Casual Dining

There is a battle going on between Darden Restaurants and one of the private equity companies with an ownership stake in Darden regarding the make‐up of the current board of directors. As part of this battle, the private equity company, Starboard Value LLC, put out a pretty brutal 300-page assessment of the challenges faced by Olive Garden right now. […]