Olive Garden joining Walmart in shopping plaza off Route 146.
WORCESTER - The Olive Garden restaurant is coming to the shopping plaza containing the Walmart Supercenter along Route 146.
The License Commission approved the restaurant's alcohol license yesterday.
The license was sought by GMRI Inc., which owns the Olive Garden restaurant chain. GMRI also owns and operates Red Lobster, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52 restaurant chains in other states. Florida-based Darden Restaurants Inc. is the parent company.
The Olive Garden, 7 Tobias Boland Way, will have seating for 206 in an approximately 7,500-square-foot space leased from Boston-based Madison Worcester Holdings, LLC. The company will have a 10-year lease, with four additional five-year options to renew. The Italian restaurant is scheduled to open in January, and will have approximately 100 employees.
Walmart opened its 209,000-square-foot supercenter in May. Although Walmart is the only business open in its shopping plaza, Madison Properties plans to begin site work this summer on additional buildings on the 44-acre former site of the Washburn Moen South Works/U.S. Steel Co. plant.
The Olive Garden restaurant will be just south of Walmart's parking lot.
In other business, the License Commission approved transferring the common victualer all-alcohol license from Sports Pub Inc., doing business as The Red Baron, to Malpaso Inc., doing business as Jak's Pub. The Red Baron is at 536 Main St.
Robert Rosenberg, the new license holder, said the bar will remain essentially the same.
The License Commission also approved a request for an outdoor patio for Pizza Works, 456 Grove St., and Squire White's, 345 Greenwood St.