Plans for San Luis Obispo's first Olive Garden, slated for the Prefumo Creek Commons under construction on Los Osos Valley Road, will head 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.
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 guidelines 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 will 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 move forward 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 in summer 2011 in the $32 million, 31-acre center.
“I am confident that everyone will bend a little bit and Olive Garden will be our restaurant,” said Pearce.