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Mr. Dave George

Wrong Dave George?

President - Olive Garden

Darden Restaurants , Inc.
1000 Darden Center Drive
Orlando , Florida 32837
United States

Company Description: Darden Restaurants, Inc. (Darden) operates in the full-service dining segment of the restaurant industry, primarily in the United States. As of May 25, 2008, the...   more

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  • Bachelor's degree , Hotel & Restaurant Management
    Michigan State University
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Downtown diner slated for Lake Eola complex - 2005-11-07, 7 Nov 2005 [cached]
Dave Manuchia, founder of Restaurant Partners Inc., a local multiconcept restaurant operator, says he'll spend more than $800,000 to make over the once-popular Lake Eola Yacht Club, located at 407 E. Central Blvd., into a downtown diner, similar to his successful Market Street Cafe, a retro-look diner in Celebration.
He's also bidding to operate the rest of the now-deserted restaurant and bar space in the building.Located in the Post Parkside apartment complex at Lake Eola, the Yacht Club, along with Lee's Lakeside restaurant, Lee's Tavern and the building's banquet rooms, went dark in June.
After extensive remodeling, the new restaurant will offer an upgraded, moderately priced all-day menu of soups, salads and sandwiches, and a full breakfast menu, along with comfort food such as turkey dinners and meat loaf.Three remodeled banquet rooms are also part of the package, designed to attract group business.
"This will become the best place for a business meeting or power breakfast downtown," says Manuchia."We want to attract the mayor's press conferences, office parties, holiday events and social functions such as weddings."
Manuchia's $12 million firm took over the lease on Nov. 1 after a partnership between restaurateur Rosario Poma -- owner of area restaurants such as Wildside, Key W. Kool and Pacino's -- and Gerald Uranick, the owner of Circus Circus, a Seminole County topless bar, fell apart.
Now with Manuchia on board with his own development plans, construction is expected to begin by Jan. 1, 2006, with a target opening date of April 1.
Manuchia says plans originally called for the restaurant to be open 24 hours a day, but Post Parkside's management had questions about noise and security in the neighborhood.He is planning to offer late-night takeout instead, although Howell admits all-night operation is a possibility -- at some point in the future."The issue is any disturbance to our residents," she says.
The remaining space in the Post Parkside restaurant complex, which commands a spectacular view of Orlando's iconic Lake Eola, is still up for grabs.It is listed with Colliers & Arnold, but Manuchia says he has his eye on it as well, even though he's keeping mum about plans for the space.
Manuchia says he's also making over about 3,600 square feet of banquet space to attract additional business.
Darden Restaurants - Executive Leadership, 21 Sept 2014 [cached]
David George
David George President Olive Garden
Darden Announces Brand President and Marketing Leadership Changes, 6 April 2014 [cached]
Photo of Dave George Dave George has been named President of Olive Garden. George was most recently the President of LongHorn Steakhouse, a position he held since 2003. Since the brand joined Darden, he successfully grew LongHorn from 290 restaurants to a leading national brand with more than 400 restaurants today. Prior to joining LongHorn as a Vice President of Operations in 1998, George served as Vice President of Operations for Tripps Restaurants. He began his restaurant career out of college as an Assistant Manager with Houlihans, where he spent 12 years and held a number of positions with increasing leadership responsibility.
Commenting on the appointments, Darden's Chairman and CEO Clarence Otis said, "Dave is the ideal leader to guide Olive Garden in its path forward.
With Dave moving to Olive Garden, Val is a tremendous fit to lead LongHorn as we continue to expand it across the country.
David C. George ..., 5 April 2007 [cached]
David C. George
Mr. George became President of the Company's LongHorn Steakhouse division in May 2003.From October 2001 until May 2003, Mr. George was Senior Vice-President of Operations for LongHorn Steakhouse.Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Operations for The Capital Grille from May 2000 until October 2001.From April 1998 until May 2000, he served as Regional Vice President of Operations for LongHorn Steakhouse.From March 1996 until April 1998, he was a joint venture partner for the LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants in North and South Carolina.For more than five years prior to joining the Company, he served as a Vice President of Operations at Battleground Restaurant Group, a privately held, multi-concept company based in North Carolina.
David C. George, age 55, has ..., 22 July 2011 [cached]
David C. George, age 55, has been our President of LongHorn Steakhouse since our acquisition of RARE on October 1, 2007. Prior to the acquisition, he served as RARE’s President of LongHorn Steakhouse from May 2003 until October 2007. From October 2001 until May 2003, he was RARE’s Senior Vice President of Operations for LongHorn Steakhouse, and from May 2000 until October 2001 was RARE’s Vice President of Operations for The Capital Grille.
Eugene I. (Gene) Lee, Jr., age 50, has been President of our Specialty Restaurant Group since our acquisition of RARE on October 1, 2007. Prior to the acquisition, he served as RARE’s President and Chief Operating Officer from January 2001 to October 2007. From January 1999 until January 2001, he served as RARE’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
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