Olive Garden announced that two of its Denver-area restaurants
have undergone a renovation, with a design inspired by the charm
and warmth of farmhouses in Tuscany, Italy. In celebration of the
newly remodeled restaurants, select Olive Garden locations are
hosting complimentary wine tastings on Nov. 9, 10, 16 and 17, for
guests 21 years of age and older, including:
• 2390 S. Havana St., Aurora, Colo.
• 2520 E. Co Line Road, Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Led by Olive Garden wine specialists, guests will be given the
opportunity to experience a selection of Italian wines-learning
about their origins, flavors and food pairings. Among the wines
featured will be Rocca delle Macie's SaSyr, a red wine that was
developed in partnership with the Rocca delle Macie winery in
All guests of the newly remodeled restaurants will find an updated
interior décor including new window treatments, hand-painted
pottery, tables, chairs and booths inspired by the warm, rustic
tones and design elements of a farmhouse in Tuscany. Exterior
updates include freshly painted walls and signage.
"We believe the farmhouse design creates a warm and welcoming
atmosphere that enhances the overall dining experience at Olive
Garden and reflects our Italian inspiration," said Dan Kiernan,
executive vice president of operations for Olive Garden. "In fact,
everything we do is inspired by Italy, its people and its
In addition, as part of a partnership between Olive Garden's parent
company, Darden Restaurants, and Habitat for Humanity
International, Olive Garden has donated much of the furnishings
from its remodeled restaurants to Habitat for Humanity ReStore
resale outlets, which sell items to the general public and raise
funds for constructing homes in their communities. As of October
2011, Darden has donated more than $1.6 million worth of items from
240 remodeled restaurants across its Olive Garden, Red Lobster and
LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants.
"Olive Garden is committed to giving back to the communities where
we live and work, and we're proud to partner with Habitat for
Humanity and its resale outlets to help continue their efforts to
provide homes for those in need," said Kiernan.
For more information about the Olive Garden remodels and wine
tastings, guests can visit www.Facebook.com/OliveGarden or
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