Earnings calls are the bread and butter of business reporting, but earlier this week they were the breadsticks and salad, too. On an earnings call on Tuesday with Olive Garden's parent company, Darden Restaurants, CEO Gene Lee announced that Olive Garden has started testing the best way to deliver their latest Italian (-ish) culinary wonders via Amazon Prime, according to CNBC. Lee was sparse on details, only going so far as to say the company would "continue to partner with them and see if we can make that work." So, as of now, it's unclear how this will work with Olive Garden's never-ending pasta bowl or their unlimited salad and breadsticks, but we can't wait to find out. (Sausage-stuffed giant rigatoni delivered via drone, perhaps?)
Lee also claimed that "millennials want to go to [their] restaurants," telling the investors on the call that, "30% of our guests are millennials, versus 24% of the population." Don't doubt that statistic. Millennials are undoubtedly flocking to Olive Garden to do some historical reenactment of this epic first date, which could never have happened if people were eating Olive Garden in their living room.