Indiana Restaurants Receive Makeover

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Florida-based Olive Garden says several Indiana locations are the first outside of its home state to be remodeled as part of a "brand renaissance." Restaurants in Greenwood, Muncie and Anderson have already been updated. Work on three locations in two other cities will be complete this month.

November 18, 2014

News Release

Orlando, Fla. -- Olive Garden has completed the remodel of its Greenwood, Muncie and Anderson restaurants – the first of several restaurants in the Indianapolis market that will be remodeled in the coming weeks. The new, updated design is the latest phase of Olive Garden's brand renaissance, which includes the roll-out of a new logo and largest menu evolution in the restaurant’s history – both of which took place earlier this year.

"We’ve maintained what guests love about us while reflecting a more up-to-date Olive Garden," said Greg Tuzzio, General Manager of the Olive Garden in Greenwood. "Whether our guests are enjoying an old favorite – or trying one of our newest menu items – we've already received an outstanding response. My restaurant team and I are proud to share our remodeled design with the local Greenwood community."

New Design Elements

Overall, the updated restaurants will feature a more open, vibrant and up-to-date design, with new artwork, fabrics and materials, lighting, seating, countertops and flooring, as well as a stacked-stone entry tower displaying the new "Olive Garden Italian Kitchen" logo sign. Updated plateware is also being introduced with the redesign. Specific elements throughout the restaurant include:

• Removed walls for a more open, inviting atmosphere

• Distinctive d?cor, maintaining a comfortable, home-like feel

• New lobby that encourages guests to gather and leads to a more modern bar area

• Flexible seating to accommodate guests and large parties

• Glass-encased decorative walls featuring 60-80 bottles of wine

• Two TV screens on either side of waiting area featuring high-definition, scenic footage of Italy that also serves as a digital chalk board noting limited time offers

The following Indianapolis-area locations will complete remodels by the end of November:

• 8155 E. Washington St. in Indianapolis

• 6130 E. 82nd St. in Indianapolis (Castleton Square Mall)

• 4015 S. Lafountain in Kokomo

The Avon, Bloomington, Noblesville and Carmel locations will feature the new "Olive Garden Italian Kitchen" logo on the exterior of the building.

As part of the restaurant's commitment to giving back to the communities it serves, Olive Garden is donating furnishings from remodeled restaurants to local Habitat for Humanity ReStore outlets, which use funds to build Habitat homes in local communities. This is part of a larger partnership between Olive Garden’s parent company, Darden Restaurants, and Habitat for Humanity International.

Olive Garden restaurants in the Indianapolis area are open daily at 11 a.m. for lunch and are open until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

For more information and to find your nearest Olive Garden restaurant, visit OliveGarden.com.

ABOUT OLIVE GARDEN

Olive Garden is the leading restaurant in the Italian dining segment with more than 800 restaurants, more than 96,000 employees and more than $3.6 billion in annual sales. Olive Garden is a division of Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), which owns and operates more than 1,500 restaurants that generate over $6.3 billion in annual sales. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and employing more than 150,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people. In 2014, Darden was named to the FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For" list for the fourth year in a row. Olive Garden is committed to making a difference in the lives of others in the local community. As part of this commitment, Olive Garden restaurants have donated nearly 30 million pounds of food to local community food banks across the country. For more information, visit www.olivegarden.com. Connect with us on Facebook.com/OliveGarden, Twitter.com/OliveGarden and Instagram.com/OfficialOliveGarden.

Source: Olive Garden