Olive Garden's revamp will include a new logo and signs, but less "Old World Style," the company's president said Tuesday.
It will take about a year for the Italian chain owned by Orlando-based Darden Restaurants to move forward again with remodeling restaurants. After finishing renovations already in progress, including those in Central Florida, Olive Garden will halt the work to design more interior changes.
Darden has started bringing its more than 350 older restaurants into the newer Tuscan Farmhouse style that made its debut in 2000. But new president Dave George said Olive Garden needs a more modern look that can transfer over to the newer restuarants too, when it's time to remodel them. "We don't think the remodel process as it stands today, the work that was being done up until now, took the brand far enough," George said.
He did not offer details on what the new interiors will look like.
"You're not going to see stainless steel showing up tomorrow in a Tuscan Farmhouse," he said, but the new look will be "more relevant" and "less Old World style." George also said he wants to streamline processes in the restaurants to make things more efficient.