aug 27

Olive Garden

Sioux City, Iowa is very, very excited about their new Olive Garden. [via]


Are you sure that isn't syndicated Onion content?

posted by Gavin at 5:02 PM on August 27, 2008

This article is from December 2006. Does it make a difference? In the opinion of this blog reader, YES.

posted by krucoff at 5:32 PM on August 27, 2008

Well who wouldn't be excited about ample parking!

posted by Eric at 5:42 PM on August 27, 2008

This is the saddest thing I have ever read in the news.

posted by mat honan at 6:34 PM on August 27, 2008

In Tuscany they recreate split-level ranches right down to the curio display shelves and serve potroast with Coke.

posted by Eric at 9:44 PM on August 27, 2008

"So if you come here, you go to Omaha or you go anywhere else that has an Olive Garden, you should be able to sit down and have the same bowl of soup and have it taste the same," Hagarty said.

So that's how chain restaurants work?

posted by Robert at 11:20 PM on August 27, 2008

"As for Sioux City's decidedly unMediterranean-like weather, he said he's used to it. He is, after all, from Omaha."

posted by PedroandtheWatcher at 12:58 PM on August 28, 2008

Weren't you, Rex, recently of Minneapolis, birthplace of Olive Garden? I'll bet the 70,000 or so residents of Sioux City were darn happy to get one back in 2006. Do they have one yet in Grand Forks?
(And yes, saying the food is inauthentic is charitable, but they serve one awesomely big-ass Bloody Mary.)

posted by ami at 3:04 PM on August 28, 2008

My mother, who lives in a small town outside of Bismarck, emailed me to say that they were getting an Olive Garden.

Central North Dakota is very excited!

posted by Rex at 3:10 PM on August 28, 2008

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