Current Price: ~ $52/share
Yield: ~ 3.43%
With a portfolio of almost 1,800 locations, Darden Restaurants is among the leading casual dining restaurant companies in North America. Olive Garden (710 units) and Red Lobster (692) are the firm's flagship chains, while more emergent concepts include Bahama Breeze (24) and Seasons 52 (9). The August 2007 acquisition of RARE Hospitality added LongHorn Steakhouse (326) and The Capital Grille (40) to Darden's portfolio.