Darden is a restaurant company featuring a portfolio of differentiated brands. Darden’s roots can be traced to 1938, when our founder, 19-year-old Bill Darden, opened his first restaurant. Called The Green Frog. 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.