Today, everything we do is rooted in our mission — to be financially successful through great people consistently delivering outstanding food, drinks and service in an inviting atmosphere, making every guest loyal.
We believe our values and culture help our team members learn, thrive and grow. In fact, we believe our culture gives our company a competitive advantage. Our values have been forged over an 80-plus-year history. We look to these values — Inclusion & Diversity; Respect & Caring; Always Learning, Always Teaching; Integrity & Fairness; Teamwork; Excellence; Being of Service — as we work to fulfill our mission.
Darden’s roots can be traced to 1938, when our founder, 19-year-old Bill Darden, opened his first restaurant. Called The Green Frog, the 25-seat luncheonette in Waycross, GA, promised “Service with a Hop.” He understood that excellent service would be vital to the success of his restaurant, he treated everyone equally and he welcomed all guests to his tables.
The casual-dining pioneer’s commitment to superior service rings true today — more than 80 years later — in Darden’s 1,700-plus restaurants across North America. His strong values form the bedrock of Darden’s culture. People — both team members and guests — are at the heart of everything we do, and we never forget it.