Plans for San Luis Obispo County’s first Olive Garden restaurant, slated for the Prefumo Creek Commons under construction on Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo, will go before the city’s Architectural Review Commission on Monday.
Clint Pearce, spokesman for Madonna Enterprises, confirmed Friday that the restaurant has agreed to lease a space at the shopping center.
The nearest restaurant in the chain is in Santa Maria.
However, city planners say that the restaurant plans should be modified in several areas, including the building architecture, site plan configuration and pedestrian and vehicle circulation, to comply with the city’s rules on community design.
The proposed restaurant is 7,741 square feet and mimics the corporate image of Olive Garden with a Tuscan theme.
The building would face Los Osos Valley Road with a two-way driveway around the building to allow for a drop-off area in front of the building. The plan includes 80 parking spaces.
City staff is recommending that the circular driveway around the building be removed and replaced by a drop-off area by the building and that the proposed Tuscan-style architecture conform more to the architectural style of the Prefumo Creek Commons, among other changes.
Pearce said he believes that a solution will be found and that the restaurant will be built at the site, which also includes a Target and the Mac Superstore.
The 140,000-square-foot Target and the Mac Superstore are set to open simultaneously next summer in the $32 million, 31-acre center.
“I am confident that everyone will bend a little bit and Olive Garden will be our restaurant,” Pearce said.
— AnnMarie Cornejo
Nominations open for Green Awards
The San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its Green Awards.
Up to six “green” businesses, organizations or individuals throughout San Luis Obispo County will be recognized for voluntarily demonstrating environmentally sound practices including efforts to reduce pollution, improve resource conservation and sustainability or air and water quality.
Self-nominations are encouraged by the deadline of Oct. 15. Visit www.slogreenbusiness.com for details.
— Julia Hickey
Red Cross chief to head disaster group
Natalie Schaefer, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross, San Luis Obispo County Chapter, has been appointed for a one-year term as the new head of the San Luis Obispo County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
The group is a humanitarian association of several voluntary organizations that practice cooperative but independent disaster preparedness efforts.
— Julia Hickey