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 From an early age, William (Bill) Darden knew what he wanted. He opened his first restaurant at the age of 19 in his hometown of Waycross, Georgia, in 1938. He called it The Green Frog. This humble restaurant would be the first of many that Darden would operate.

 In 1968 Darden branched out and opened his first Red Lobster in Lakeland, Florida, in 1968. After much success, he sold the company to General Mills, who expanded the Red Lobster chain to more than 400 locations by 1985.

In 1982, the company opened their first Olive Garden in Orlando, Florida.

In 1995, General Mills spun off their restaurants and created Darden Restaurants. In 1996, Darden went public on the NYSE under the ticker symbol DRI.

darden 3  In 1996, the company opened the Bahama Breeze Island Grille chain, as well as the Smokey Bones BBQ in 1999.

In 2002, the company began testing of their concept of a different type of restaurant, one with a menu that changed with the seasons of the year, called Season 52.

In August of 2007, the company acquired The Capital Grille chain, as well as Longhorn SteakHouse restaurants.

In July of 2012, the company acquired Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, as well as Wildfish Seafood Grille for $59 million. Later that same year, the company acquired Yard House restaurants for $585 million.

In May of 2014, Darden announced it would be selling the Red Lobster chain to Golden Gate Capital for $2.1 billion.

In March of 2017, the company acquired Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen for $780 million. darden 2

Darden Restaurants employs almost 200,000 persons and had annual revenue in 2012 of $7.999 billion. Company headquarters are located in Orlando, Florida.   Darden 4

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Ned Grace envisioned an upscale steak restaurant that business persons and top politicians would flock to for meetings, dinners, and drinks. He opened his first restaurant in Providence, Rhoad Island, in 1990. Some thought this was a strange time and place since the nation was experiencing a recession and Providence was too far from D.C. for dinner.

Grace was correct, however. Within 7 years, the business had more than $4 million in annual sales. By 1996, the company had expanded to 3 locations, with the other two being located in D.C. and Boston. grill 4

The company was acquired by Darden Restaurant Group in 2007 for $1.19 billion. The Capital Grille now operates as a subsidiary of Darden Restaurant Group.

grill 3  The company is best known for its upscale decor which simulates an American country club, along with very large, top quality steaks, seafood dishes, and desserts.

The company has been known to overtake the competition by winning numerous awards, including being named one of the top 50 American restaurants in Open Table’s Diners’ Choice Awards, along with winning a number of “Best of Awards of Excellence” from Wine Spectator magazine. The chain also has received top marks on the Consumer Reports Restaurant Satisfactory Survey for the past few years.

In 2013, the Capital Grille location in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, opened for the first time on Thanksgiving day. Both Capital Grille employees and members of the Resturant Opportunities Center protested having to work on Thanksgiving without receiving holiday pay or any other type of extra compensation In addition, the Pittsburgh City Council passed a Will of Council, opposing Capital Grille’s decision to force employees to work on Thanksgiving without additional compensation or holiday pay.

The Capital Grille has headquarters located in Orlando, Florida. As of the end of 2017, the company has 57 locations in twenty states, as well as the District of Columbia. grill 1

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Stop & Shop Supermarkets Corporate Office

March 19, 2018

Stop & Shop can trace its roots back to 1892 when Solomon and Jeanie Rabinovitz opened their first produce store near Boston, called “The Greenie Store”. This location closed in 1908 but the Rabinovitz family opened another store in Somerville, Massachusetts, called Economy Grocery Store. Like the original, this store began by selling produce, but […]

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SHI International Corporate Office

March 16, 2018

 SHI International has its roots back in 1989 when then husband and wife, Leo Koguan and Thai Lee, decided to purchase a small technology company that Koguan was working for called Leutek, whose software division was very small but had two very big customers, AT&T and IBM. The pair purchased SHI (Software House International) for […]

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Ranch One Corporate Office

March 14, 2018

Ranch One was founded in 1988 by brothers Michael and Aaron Serruya. The first restaurant was opened in 1990 in New York City, next to the Ed Sullivan Theater. The original restaurant closed in 2008. The company specializes in grilled, marinated chicken sandwiches, wraps, strips, and salads.   At one time, the company had more […]

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