|Darden to end combo Olive Garden, Red Lobster restaurants|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
Itís the end for Darden Restaurantsí combination of Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants.
Two of the six combo operations, in Thomasville, Ga., and Beaufort, S.C., closed over the weekend. Darden will convert four others into stand-alone Olive Gardens.
Darden said it would no longer operate the hybrids because of its plans to sell or spin off Red Lobster.
Darden launched the experiment three years ago in smaller markets. In the set-up, Olive Garden and Red Lobster share a kitchen but have separate entrances and dining rooms.
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