Not true about darden policy. Sevierville Tn had both a red lobster and later a olive garden long before the city voted in liquor by the drink.<quoted text>
That is all true, but what he was saying is that Darden policy is to not locate in an area that is simply "moist". They do this for a number of reasons, one being they have to limit their drink sales to 30% of revenue as opposed to 50% in fully wet areas. Plus the conventional wisdom is that "dry" or "moist" areas are repressed in comparison to other areas. Why locate a restaurant in a place that might park police cruisers in your parking lot due to alcohol drink sales, or locate where the local clergy will be preaching that your business is evil every Sunday?
It is also Darden policy to not locate a restaurant in an area that does not have a 4-year college either, though. They feel they get a higher quality worker if there is a 4-year school nearby; they hire a lot of college kids.
That's alright though, stay dry London. I'll still stop in Sundays to El Azteca if I'm coming home from the mountains to get tipsy on my way home to Somerset, where I can stop off and buy a six-pack and drink in the peace of my own home.
I don't believe they have a 4 year college either. People that have not been coming to smokeys Mts for 20 years think it been here forever and they are total wrong.