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Faces of Olive Garden | Lyn McCracken

January 11, 2017

By: Darden Restaurants, Editor

Faces of Olive Garden | Lyn McCracken

Meet Lyn McCracken, general manager of Olive Garden in Buford, GA.

Photo Credit: Darden Video

At Olive Garden, our team members serve as the faces of our brand and ambassadors of our core values. They make an impression on every guest who walks through our front doors, delivering great food, an engaging atmosphere and unmatched service. We are strong and successful because of our people, each with diverse talents and backgrounds, who respect each other and enjoy working side by side to serve our guests and communities

Meet one of the Faces of Olive Garden, Lyn McCracken, general manager of Olive Garden in Buford, GA.


Lyn McCracken started in the kitchen of a small Italian restaurant 39 years ago, and since then she has served hundreds of thousands of guests, connected with thousands of team members and helped develop more than 100 managers. 

She has been in Atlanta for 22 years and can hardly walk into any type of business without someone recognizing her, either a guest or someone who has worked for her, which she finds rewarding.

“I can’t think of anything that’s more rewarding than being able to bring somebody from the level of a team member into the management team.” 

Furthermore, she’s appreciative of the company behind her that continuously supports the training and development aspect of team members’ progression to the next level.

About the "Faces of" Series

With the Faces of Olive Garden, each week we introduce a few of our many amazing team members. You’ll hear their stories and learn why they enjoy working in a fun, supportive environment that makes them feel like part of our family.

See more "Faces of" quotes and videos on our Twitter page and YouTube channel. Learn more about team member opportunities by visiting our career page.


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