The building permit was applied for Monday, but it has not been picked up from the Cleveland Community Development office. The chain paid $3,160 in fees for the $1.250 million project that will be located in the northeast corner of the Walmart North property.
According to drawings, the restaurant will occupy an area of 7,537 square feet with 132 parking spaces, including five handicapped-accessible spaces.
According to the company’s website, Olive Garden is a family of local restaurants focused on delighting every guest with a genuine Italian dining experience that includes fresh, simple, delicious Italian food.
The restaurant was originally developed by General Mills Inc., in 1982. The company spun off its restaurant division into Darden Restaurants Inc. in June 1995. Darden Restaurants is the largest casual-dining restaurant company in the world.
Rumors of an Olive Garden have circulated since August 2010, when the company began showing signs of interest in the city.
News of the Italian restaurant came less than a week after it was announced Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar will be coming soon to Mouse Creek Crossing on Paul Huff Parkway.