Olive Garden wants you back.
After nearly 30 years in the metro-east, the Italian restaurant-chain will add new features to its Fairview Heights location. The company is ditching the Tuscan touch and trading it in for a more modern vibe. It’s also building a new station for customers who want to order their food to-go.
“This is exciting,” General Manager Jeff Cooper said Friday. “It’s what we’ve been asking for. It’s what our guests have been asking for.”
Olive Garden expects renovations in Fairview Heights to wrap up in a month or two.
The restaurant will remain open during construction.
Here’s everything you need to know about the restaurant’s new bar and dining room:
The restaurant will soon have wine pouring stations in the dining room. This change puts the wine closer to servers and customers. You won’t be able to pour your own, but you will probably get your glass of red or white faster now.
There’s also a new wine display as you enter the restaurant.
Bye, bye Tuscan decor. Hello, “home-like setting.” The restaurant already has new light fixtures through the dining room. Comfortable seating and new table tops are on the way.
“It’s fresh and it’s vibrant,” Cooper said.
Stopping in for drinking and dessert? The bar will soon be 30 percent larger. New lighting and a granite bar top will be installed. The space will have two levels to make it more accessible for guests with special needs.
Taking it to-go
No time to dine in? There’s a new section in the restaurant for that. Customers who want to eat at home can bypass everyone else and head to the new to-go station. It’s right up front next to the entryway of the restaurant.
The grapes are gone
You’ll probably notice changes to the restaurant before you step inside. A new sign with the company’s new logo went up on Friday.
The company has traded the grape vine for a simple olive branch. The restaurant’s sign visible from the highway will also receive an update. And soon, customers will be greeted with a stone exterior before they enter the Italian eatery.