Olive Garden Mash-Up
I heard about the combo Olive Garden/Red Lobster and thought of Das Racist a little bit, but mostly about how much better Cheddar Bay Biscuits are than unlimited breadsticks.
I don’t care for either extreme: ew, chain restaurants or ew, you’re an elitist. No side wins. I’m really just happy that Gawker’s singled-out commenter spelled palate correctly (which is more than I can say for a non-food blog I regularly hate-read and sometimes feel dirty about that just used pallet for a range of colors).
What’s still not clear, is how having two chain restaurants in one building is any more of an economic stimulator than placing them near each other or even in the same parking lot. Bonefish Grill, Cheeseburger in Paradise and Carrabba’s have been doing the mash-up style for some time, though I’ve never seen a three-in-one.