Darden pegs future growth on specialty brands

Darden Restaurants bought the 10-unit upscale seafood chain Eddie V's two years ago for $59 million, adding the concept to the specialty group that by 2015 is forecast to account for 40% of the company's sales growth. The specialty group also includes Capital Grille, Yard House, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52, all eateries that boast more sophisticated menus, upscale decor and higher prices than sibling chains Red Lobster, Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse.

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