Darden: Can Full-Service Win?


Darden Restaurants is a full-service restaurant group, which means they are scaling a business model that doesn’t like to scale. This gives them plenty of runway for growth in a fragmented market, but it means that nothing comes easily. Still, through a combination of organic growth and acquisitions, the business has pulled off decent returns. Does pressure in the restaurant industry offer an attractive entry point, or is this wise to avoid for now?