Capitola Olive Garden aims for Dec. 17 opening

The new Olive Garden Italian Kitchen on Clares Street in Capitola is nearing completion. (Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

CAPITOLA — Final touches are underway at the Olive Garden Italian Kitchen restaurant, the first such location for the chain business in Santa Cruz County.

General Manager Lisa Chiorello said the company, with more than 800 restaurants, is aiming to open Dec. 17.

“Keeping with modern-day Italian traditions, we're expanding our menu to provide more choices, variety and better-for-you options,” the business website reads. “Our food is prepared with fresh ingredients presented simply with a focus on flavor and quality that is uniquely Italian.”

Chiorello described the restaurant as a “genuine Italian dining experience with traditional Italian favorites.”

“Our management family is eager to join a community that has so graciously welcomed us,” she said. “We are a family-focused restaurant that all members of our community will be able to enjoy. An excellent setting for friends and families to break bread and enjoy a delicious traditional Italian meal with their loved ones.”

Business hours are Sunday–Thursday from 11.a.m.–10 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

They are located at 3400 Clares St. in Capitola.

Additionally, Chiorello said the company will hire about 150 employees for the new location.

“We still have about 50 openings so if you’re interested, please stop by,” she said.

For information, visit www.olivegarden.com/careers.

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