Darden Restaurants is opening back up its Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse and other chain dining rooms in states where it is permitted, but with restrictions and safety measures like temperature checks for employees.
The Orlando-based company closed all of its more than 1,800 dining rooms in March and shifted to takeout because of coronavirus. About 100 restaurants in Georgia and 11 in three counties in Tennessee have reopened so far, spokesman Rich Jeffers said Wednesday.
Darden — which owns Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Yard House, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and Eddie V’s — also is preparing for other states that are set to open again. With restrictions on how many people can be inside the restaurants, not all employees will be back to work.