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Can Olive Garden Save Darden Restaurants?

By Rich Duprey - Jul 27, 2014 at 10:32AM

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The restaurant operator is placing a big bet on the Italian eatery turning its growth prospects around. Here's a look at whether it can actually achieve that.

By ignoring calls from several activist investors to take a more holistic approach to the problems plaguing it, Darden Restaurants ( DRI 3.01% ) decided to go it alone and sell off only its Red Lobster seafood chain, meaning it's placing a big bet on the turnaround of its Italian eatery, Olive Garden.

Yet there are a lot of risks with that route. The slide show below clues you in on whether Darden can pull up a seat at the table or will be left outside looking in.

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