Olive Garden Offers Free Babysitting

The popular chain of Italian restaurants hopes to encourage parents to go on date nights.
3:00 | 01/31/14

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That is "Pop news." We'll switch gears right now. New mascot. Pay attention to both Kerry and what's coming up next. Olive Garden has an offer for you. Those of you who can't get out to dinner because you can't get a sitter and Rebecca Jarvis has the details. Reporter: You're all family here but for one night only, Olive Garden wants you to leave some of that family behind. Not to worry, it's all for a good cause. Date night. On February 7th, they're hosting parents night out and offering the ultimate prize, free baby-sitting. We want to give parents a break. What better way than to have them be able to go and have a special night. Worry-free and the kids can have a great time. The Italian restaurant chain is partnering with my gym, a children's fitness franchise. Just drop the kids off, pay a deposit and head to dinner. Then present your Olive Garden receipt once you pick your kids up for a full refund. The response so far has been tremendous and as a matter of fact we're so excited about it we're looking into maybe even partnering with them in the future. Building their business in the long run, though, they need repeat customers. People are already talking about this. Reporter: Many gyms have been offering child care for years and 2009 IKEA stores opened playrooms to let parents shop kid-free. Now Olive Garden is trying it out. The casual dining sector has struggled sales down 4% compared the year before but Olive Garden says they're optimistic about the future. A lot of new menu items and doing a lot of other initiatives refreshing the brand. Drop off the kids and run to those unlimited breadsticks. For "Good morning America," Rebecca Jarvis, ABC news, new York. You know, we did a flash poll coming out. I dot to say I'm surprised. 54% said no would not go to a restaurant if it offered free -- because it offered free baby-sitting. I'm no mathematician, but -- 54 plus 19 -- Those are 54/19. People have no opinion. Yeah. It's not close. Whatever. Yes. All right. We thought, but you know what when we were coming out and Tim Tebow, he said that he wasn't crazy about that idea. No. We just thought -- He doesn't have kids, right? No. Right. Who know. An hour of peace. Yes. That breadstick never tasted

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