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    Olive Garden Is Right to Charge $400 for Dinner

    By Kyle | December 30, 2015

    Today in department of the obvious: certain goods are worth more at times of peak demand. More in a column.

    Topics: New York City | 3 Comments »

    3 Responses to “Olive Garden Is Right to Charge $400 for Dinner”

    1. K Says:
      December 31st, 2015 at 2:28 am

      Olive Garden in NY must have something I didn’t notice when it comes to the corporate restaurant’s Italian Cuisine. In my experience, their food may as well be served from can labeled “Chef Boyardee”. Not to mention getting a second tasteless bread stick out of the waitress requires several heartfelt entreaties delivered on bended knee.

    2. kishke Says:
      December 31st, 2015 at 10:59 am

      @K: It’s not about the food, it’s the location and timing.

    3. K Says:
      January 1st, 2016 at 1:39 am

      @kishke:On second thought, in the “Capital of the World” 400 bucks will get you a flop house closet for a week. So maybe that is a fair price for bringing in the 8th year of the Obama era at Olive Garden, NYNY.