Let’s say you’re the largest full-service dining restaurant company in the world, a Fortune 500 operation. And you move your headquarters, let’s call it the Restaurant Support Center, into a massive, state-of-the-arts building that allows you to house all 1,300 support center employees under one roof, instead of the 12 roofs you’ve operated under in the past.
And this new building allows you for the first time to offer an employee cafeteria -- after all, with over 1,700 restaurants throughout North America, you’re in the business of feeding people. So, which of your six brands do you choose for the in-house restaurant? Do you go with Red Lobster, the concept that started the company, or with The Olive Garden and its popular Italian comfort foods? Or maybe you use the two steakhouse brands -- Longhorn for the masses and Capital Grille for the executive dining room. Bahama Breeze could offer a playful atmosphere, a calypso break from the workday. And Seasons 52 would encourage your employees to eat more healthfully. Or you could offer a food court with all the concepts and let the workers decide.
The answer for the employee restaurant at Darden’s brand-spanking-new Restaurant Support Center? Guckenheimer.