Darden Restaurants is the world's biggest casual-dining operation and is still growing, despite the tough times. Here's a look at the restaurants that comprise the food behemoth.

Revenue numbers are for fiscal 2008, except when stated otherwise.

The pitch: "Service with a hop"
Size: A 10-stool lunch counter in Waycross, Georgia -- Bill Darden's first restaurant, opened in 1938

The pitch: "When you're here, you're family"
Size: 689 restaurants
Annual revenue: $3.08 billion
Average check, per person: $15

The pitch: "The taste of wood-grilled seafood"
Size: 690 restaurants
Revenue: $2.63 billion
Average check, per person: $19

The pitch: "The flavor of the west"
Size: 322 restaurants
Revenue: $885 million*
Average check, per person: $18

* Revenue is a 12-month estimate based on 8-month numbers reported for fiscal '08.

The pitch: "Feed your island spirit"
Size: 24 restaurants
Revenue: $135 million
Average check, per person: $23

The pitch: "Seasonally inspired healthier dining"
Size: 8 restaurants
Revenue: $45 million
Average check, per person: $42

The pitch: "Be wined, dined, and dazzled"
Size: 37 restaurants
Revenue: $235 million*
Average check, per person: $72

* Revenue is a 12-month estimate based on 8-month numbers reported for fiscal '08.

The pitch: "Be wined, dined, and dazzled"
Size: 37 restaurants
Revenue: $235 million*
Average check, per person: $72

* Revenue is a 12-month estimate based on 8-month numbers reported for fiscal '08.

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Inside the Most Successful Restaurant Chain in the World

Darden Restaurants is the world's biggest casual-dining operation and is still growing, despite the tough times. Here's a look at the restaurants that comprise the food behemoth.

Darden Restaurants is the world's biggest casual-dining operation and is still growing, despite the tough times. Here's a look at the restaurants that comprise the food behemoth.

Revenue numbers are for fiscal 2008, except when stated otherwise.

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