Olive Garden Opens in Lakewood

Olive Garden Opens in Lakewood

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Since: Aug 12

Pompano Beach, FL

#1 Apr 12, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla.– Olive Garden opened at 328 E. Fairmount Ave. in Lakewood, N.Y. on Monday, March 25 at 11 a.m.— creating 170 new jobs. The Olive Garden in Lakewood is the newest Olive Garden in the family of more than 800 local restaurants committed to providing every guest with a genuine Italian dining experience.
The 7,441 square-foot restaurant can host up to 246 guests and features a design that is inspired by traditional farmhouses found in Tuscany, Italy. Olive Garden design teams traveled to Italy to work with Italian architects Fabio and Lucia Zingarelli and the result is a restaurant design that recreates the warmth and simple beauty of a Tuscan farmhouse.
The Lakewood Olive Garden has a rustic stone exterior, typical of the buildings in the Italian countryside, and an interior accented by Italian imports designed to make the dining experience here a tribute to the restaurant’s Italian inspiration. Ceilings supported by exposed wood beams, stone and wood accents throughout, and terra cotta tile highlight the interior.
In addition, the bar top is crafted from lava stone and hand-painted by artisans in Italy with a design created exclusively for Olive Garden. Vibrant imported fabrics decorate windows and dining seats, while hand-painted plates, adorn rustic stone and stucco walls.
The restaurant also will feature a number of sustainable design elements, including recycled building materials, enlarged windows to increase natural light, low-water landscaping and energy-efficient equipment. These enhancements are part of the Sustainable Restaurant Design initiative launched by Darden Restaurants, Olive Garden’s parent company.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead the Lakewood restaurant and a great team at Olive Garden,” said Paul Sass, newly named general manager.“In addition to our Italian specialties, including signature items like our homemade soups, garden fresh salad and warm, garlic breadsticks, the menu at the Lakewood Olive Garden will feature a variety of Italian favorites and new offerings, such as our 2 for $25 promotion. Guests can enjoy an abundant three-course meal for two – all for only $25. Guests choose two of five delicious entrées, unlimited soup or salad, along with an appetizer or dessert to share.”
Sass brings extensive restaurant industry experience to his new position. He has been with Olive Garden for 11 years, most recently as general manager of the Olive Garden located at 1741 N. Victory Place in Burbank, Calif.
Sass is one of more than 1,400 managers who have visited Olive Garden’s Culinary Institute of Tuscany in the Tuscan village of Riserva di Fizzano, which serves as the source of inspiration for some dishes on Olive Garden’s menu. Each year, more than 100 managers visit CIT and learn about Italy, its food, wine, culture and people. This includes learning the time-honored traditions of Italian cooking and working side-by-side with Italian master chefs. The CIT is designed to inspire attendees to share the Italian culture of hospitality and passion with their restaurant teams and guests back home.
In 2009 and 2010, Sass received a Diamond Club Award, the company’s top honor, which recognizes general managers who receive outstanding results in delighting guests with a genuine Italian dining experience and achieve top financial performance.
To recognize Sass’ role as head of the Olive Garden family in Lakewood and to emphasize the importance the company places on its general managers, Olive Garden honored Sass by setting his name in stone. Travertine marble imported from Tuscany was chiseled with Sass’ name and placed prominently by the restaurant’s front door.
Olive Garden is now accepting applications for employment. To be considered for an interview, please apply online at www.OliveGarden.com/Careers .

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