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Olive Garden Gives Busy Couples A Special 'Parents' Night Out' Through National Partnership With My Gym

Restaurant Offers Parents a Date Night Deal Including Free Fun for the Kids at Participating My Gyms

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ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Olive Garden is inviting parents to take a break from their busy lives and share quality time together during an exclusive Parents' Night Out event on Friday, Feb. 7, including a fun-filled evening of free games and activities for their kids at 145 participating My Gym locations and a delicious, affordable 2 for $25 Italian Dinner at their local Olive Garden.

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The leading Italian restaurant is partnering with the No. 1 children's fitness franchise, My Gym, and picking up the tab for kids to enjoy a night of fun at My Gym, so parents can make time for a special date night over Olive Garden's 2 for $25 Italian Dinner.

"With busy family schedules and everyone always on the go, it's challenging for parents to find time for a date night out," said Jay Spenchian, executive vice president of marketing for Olive Garden. "We're excited to partner with My Gym to offer this exclusive Parents' Night Out event, making it easier for couples to enjoy time together over a great meal at Olive Garden, while their kids are having a blast at My Gym."

Parents can contact their nearest My Gym location to confirm participation, obtain event details and register for Olive Garden's Parents' Night Out. Space is limited to approximately 30 kids per participating My Gym location, and reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis (deposit required).

Olive Garden's 2 for $25 Italian Dinner is an abundant three-course meal for two – all for $25. The offer includes unlimited breadsticks and choice of homemade soup or garden-fresh salad; choice of two entrees from a variety of delicious options, including New Parmesan Crusted Chicken and New Parmesan Crusted Prosciutto Tortellini; and choice of two Tastes of Italy Small Plates or a dessert to share.  For more details, visit www.olivegarden.com/Menu/Specials.

"My Gym and Olive Garden have similar goals in mind, to provide families with a fun, affordable and positive experience that both parents and children can enjoy," said Monique Vranesh, executive vice president of My Gym Enterprises. "During Parents' Night Out, we'll do just that by making a night out carefree and easy for adults while they're at Olive Garden and by providing kids with a fun, safe space to stay active."

Olive Garden is inviting parents to share their date-night photos and stories using #OGParentsNightOut on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Connect with Olive Garden at Facebook.com/OliveGarden, Twitter.com/OliveGarden and Instagram.com/OfficialOliveGarden.

For more information and to find your nearest Olive Garden restaurant, visit OliveGarden.com.

Connect with My Gym at www.facebook.com/mygymfun  and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mygyment

For more information and to find your nearest My Gym location, visit www.mygym.com.

ABOUT OLIVE GARDEN
Olive Garden is the leading restaurant in the Italian dining segment with more than 800 restaurants, more than 96,000 employees and more than $3.6 billion in annual sales. Olive Garden is a division of Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:  DRI), the world's largest full-service restaurant operating company. In 2014, Darden was named to the FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For" list for the fourth year in a row. Olive Garden is committed to making a difference in the lives of others in the local community. As part of this commitment, all Olive Garden restaurants participate in the Darden Harvest program, which has donated more than 60 million pounds of food to local community food banks across the country. For more information, visit www.olivegarden.com.  Connect with us at Facebook.com/OliveGarden, Twitter.com/OliveGarden and Instagram.com/OfficialOliveGarden.

ABOUT MY GYM
Established in 1983 and recently named #1 Children's Fitness franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine for 2014. My Gym is a leading fitness center destination for children with more than 260 locations worldwide, including international locations in China, France, Canada and Brazil among others. More than 30 additional locations are planned to open worldwide in 2014. Featuring, a unique, innovative and ever-changing fitness program for kids, My Gym has been at the forefront of providing the best fun place for kids to remain active, while successfully combating statistics that estimate nearly 16% of children and adolescents aged 2-12 years are overweight – and even more are at risk of becoming overweight. At My Gym, children keep fit, and families grow closer through introductory sports and gymnastics, games, original music and specially-crafted play and socialization activities led by caring and committed My Gym trainers. The result is good health, laughter and learning, and a lifelong love of fitness and activity.

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