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Olive Garden to remodel more than half its locations

Orlando, Fla. -- Olive Garden plans to remodel or refresh more than half of its 700 plus restaurants across the United States to its new Tuscan farmhouse-inspired design.

Called “Via Tuscany,” the updated décor includes new tables, chairs and booths, a palette of warm, rustic tones and design elements of a farmhouse in Tuscany. Other updates include new window treatments.

Outside updates include new front doors surrounded by Tuscan stones and a brick arch, freshly painted exterior walls and newly planted Cypress trees to refresh the landscaping.

The Tuscan-inspired design will be the template for all new Olive Garden units.

“We believe the Farmhouse design reinforces our vision by creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere that enhances the genuine Italian experience at Olive Garden,” said Dan Kiernan, executive VP operations for Olive Garden. “Within the next few years guests will enjoy the same Tuscan-inspired look and feel inside every one of our family of local restaurants across North America.”

Olive Garden is part of Darden Restaurants, the world’s largest company-owned and operated full-service restaurant company.

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