Olive Garden rolls out new look in Capitol Heights

WASHINGTON — Olive Garden’s newest D.C.-area restaurant features the chain’s new look, which it started rolling out in 2014 as part of a brand reboot.

The Capitol Heights, Maryland, Olive Garden opens Dec. 5 at 1681 Ritchie Station Court.

Olive Garden says the 7,800-square-foot Capitol Heights location will employ more than 180.

Olive Garden, which introduced what it calls its largest menu refresh ever with more than 20 new items, said its new restaurant designs are “more open and vibrant, creating an atmosphere that promotes togetherness, while maintaining the casual warmth” its guests love.

The new designs include the removal of walls, more modern lobbies and bar areas, flexible seating for larger parties and vibrant colors, fabrics and textures.

It has even gone as far as to replace the plates, with what it calls a more modern, all-white look, to enhance presentation.

Olive Garden has nine restaurants in the D.C. area, and about 800 total. It’s owned by Darden Restaurants Inc., which also operates LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille and others.

WTOP’s Brandon Millman recently reported on his experience with Olive Garden’s “Never Ending Pasta Pass.”

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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