For the moment, Darden Restaurants is still in the barbecue business. When it announced its intentions to leave it this past May, the company said it was immediately closing 56 underperforming Smokey Bones BBQ units, which it did, and putting the remaining 73 up for sale. The company still operates those units today, and no deal to buy them has yet been announced. “This was a difficult decision because guests continue to give the Smokey Bones experience solid marks and there is a core of ...

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