DARDEN RESTAURANTS, INC.
STOCK OPTION AND LONG-TERM INCENTIVE PLAN OF 1995
(as amended May 23, 1996)
1. PURPOSE OF THE PLAN
The purpose of the Darden Restaurants, Inc. Stock Option and Long-Term Incentive Plan of 1995 (the "Plan") is
to attract and retain able employees by rewarding employees of Darden Restaurants, Inc., its subsidiaries and
affiliates (defined as entities in which Darden Restaurants, Inc. owns an equity interest of 25% or more)
(collectively, the "Company") who are responsible for the growth and sound development of the business of the
Company, and to align the interests of all employees with those of the stockholders of the Company and to
compensate certain management employees of the Company by granting stock options in lieu of salary increases
or other compensation or employee benefits.
2. EFFECTIVE DATE, DURATION AND SUMMARY OF PLAN
A. Effective Date and Duration
This Plan shall become effective as of the effective date of the distribution of Darden Restaurants, Inc. Common
Stock to the holders of General Mills, Inc. common stock. Awards may be made under the Plan until September
B. Summary of Option Provisions for Participants
The stock option that will be awarded to employees under this Plan gives a right to an employee to purchase at a
future date shares of Darden Restaurants, Inc. Common Stock at a fixed price. As an employee, you will receive
an "option agreement" in your own name, which will contain the term and other conditions of the option grant. In
general, each option agreement will state the number of shares of Darden Restaurants, Inc. Common Stock that
you can purchase from the Company, the price at which you can purchase the shares, and the last date you can
make your purchase. You will not have any taxable income when you receive the option agreement.
The price at which you may buy the Darden Restaurants, Inc. shares will be equal to the market price of the
Company shares on the New York Stock Exchange as of the day t