Olive Garden confirms plans for first Hawaii location at Ala Moana Center

Olive Garden files for permit to build first Hawaii location at Ala Moana Center

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Olive Garden, the popular mainland Italian eatery, is planning to open a restaurant at Ala Moana Center, the company said Friday.

“We are so excited to bring Olive Garden to Ala Moana Center,” a company spokesperson said. “We’re opening this location through a franchise agreement with Union MAK – a successful, Hawaii-based franchise operator of casual dining restaurants. We look forward to sharing more details soon.”

Union MAK is also the Hawaii franchisee for IHOP and Applebee’s restaurants.

Olive Garden, known for its popular never-ending pasta bowl promotion, does not currently operate a Hawaii location.

A permit application listing Olive Garden as the owner was filed with the city on Wednesday, requesting approval to begin work at Suite #3247 ― the space currently occupied by the Mai Tar Bar, on the mall’s top floor, according to the bar’s mailing address.

The space is adjacent to California Pizza Kitchen and Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Company. Romano’s Macaroni Grill, another Italian restaurant, is situated nearby.

This story will be updated.

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