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« on: February 24, 2013, 06:51:48 AM »

Olive Garden changes employee uniforms for the first time since it opened in 1982

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-02-11/olive-gardens-new-modern-black-uniforms

The worst thing about Olive Garden’s (DRI) uniforms, waiters complained, was the tie. Not only was the neckwear stuffy and uncomfortable, but also the fabric would invariably find its way onto oily, greasy surfaces. So, after a recent survey in which an overwhelming 97 percent of employees voiced their desire for “new dress standards,” the restaurant chain obliged.

Today Olive Garden is ditching its traditional white liveries and embracing “Sprockets,” introducing their new all-black, tie-less uniforms. This is the restaurant’s first new look since its founding in 1982, says Dan Kiernan, Olive Garden’s executive vice president for operations. “We’ve had some changes with the apron; we’ve adjusted our tie,” he says. “But really we’ve had that white, button-up dress shirt with a tie since the beginning. We wanted a significant change, and black is obviously the opposite of white.”

Servers will still wear collared shirts, but—according to the guidelines—“only the top button may be left unbuttoned” and the “shirt must be securely tucked in at all times.” Hostesses will wear black dresses and skirts. “Everyone looks more dignified, classy, and clean,” gushed one employee who tested the new threads.

“We resemble a much more upscale dining establishment.”

A manager added: “The team members seem much happier and more themselves.”

As for the impression the new uniforms will leave on diners, Jessica Morgan, founder of the fashion blog Go Fug Yourself, says, “People aren’t going to Olive Garden looking for their waiters to be incredibly chic. People are going to Olive Garden for endless breadsticks and salad.”

So much for a fashion statement. Whether or not diners notice the new look, one detail will likely not go unnoticed: Servers will be wearing big green buttons that read “Hospitaliano!”—a phrase Olive Garden made up to describe its “passion for 100 percent guest delight.”
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2013, 06:53:18 AM »

Hospitaliano fellas!

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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2013, 06:55:27 AM »

Nothing beats a mom and pop Italian restaurant.  Those grease balls make some good food.
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2013, 07:48:57 AM »

Too bad olive garden microwaves their food.
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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2013, 08:04:18 AM »

Olive Garden and Italian don't belong in the same sentence!
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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2013, 08:11:58 AM »


“We resemble a much more upscale dining establishment.”

 Grin

Haven't been in one in over 25 years but aside from the whole rape of the cuisine thing there's nothing wrong with a little McItalian food.

Two words, guys: Drive Thru
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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2013, 08:14:45 AM »

Grin

Haven't been in one in over 25 years but aside from the whole rape of the cuisine thing there's nothing wrong with a little McItalian food.

Two words, guys: Drive Thru

I agree, and the fact is that their food (esp. their breadsticks) is somewhat tasty independent of the 'genuine Eye-talian' pretense.

Do they have McItalian down unda? I'm thinking of enjoying some McAussie food at a nearby Outback Steakhouse for my next cheat meal.
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« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2013, 08:17:28 AM »

Grew up in Italian house hold.. Olive Garden is not  high quality food.
It's joked about around here.. Diarrhea Garden..

We made home made sausage and wine yesterday.. Old school..
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« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2013, 08:17:47 AM »

I agree, and I mean this sincerely, their bread sticks are rather tasty.

Do they have McItalian down unda? Thinking of enjoying some McAussie food at a nearby Outback Steakhouse for my next cheat meal.

Hey bro, my bad, just answered your PM.
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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2013, 08:48:31 AM »

I agree, and the fact is that their food (esp. their breadsticks) is somewhat tasty independent of the 'genuine Eye-talian' pretense.

Do they have McItalian down unda? I'm thinking of enjoying some McAussie food at a nearby Outback Steakhouse for my next cheat meal.

Oh yes.  Every eye tie restaurant I've been to.  It's The People's dining experience.
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« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2013, 02:50:10 PM »


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