Photo: Olive Garden
According to Nation's Restaurant News, Olive Garden, the Italian chain known more for huge portions than upscale decor, is in the process of testing some "enhancement" in some of the older outposts. The chain has more than 730 locations in the U.S, but they're starting the remodel with a handful of outposts in Texas.
The new look? The company is calling it "Via Tuscany." Can't picture it? Think of that picturesque farmhouse in every golden-hued Hollywood flick about Italy. Brick, Cypress trees, upgraded seating, new window treatments, decorative shelving lined with painted plates and pottery -- what your Italian grandmother would design if she had a money to throw around.
Want to see before and after shots?
They're making it easy for customers to check out their new look with a website dedicated to the makeovers. Each redo takes about a month, but lovers of that never-ending pasta bowl special don't need to panic -- all of the renovation is done after closing hours, so all Olive Gardens will be open for business as usual while construction is underway.
The chain, which brings in a whopping $3 billion a year, wants to keep its look fresh -- and the company isn't stopping with Olive Garden. Sister brand Red Lobster has already given the Bar Harbor treatment to all of its outlets; LongHorn Steakhouse locations will do a revamp early next year.