Olive Garden Is Coming To Hutchinson

Posted 2 years ago

By Fred Gough

Hutchinson Regional Medical Center has apparently agreed to sell land to the Darden Group out of Orlando, Florida, who operate a number of restaurant chains including Olive Garden.

Rich Jeffers of the company confirming to Eagle Radio and the Hutchpost that they will build an Olive Garden restaurant in Hutchinson on a strip of along 17th Street east of Waldron and west of K-61.

They company handles other restaurants chains as well such as Longhorn Steakhouse, Red Lobster, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52 and Eddie V’s, but Jeffers says only the Olive Garden will be built by their company at that location. According to their website, the operate 2=thousand stores under the various brands and have 180-thousand employees.

Jeffers says they will go into the permit phase of getting the store going, then will begin building on the site and hope to have it open by sometime next spring.

We had been told Friday morning that someone had looked over the land, and that the appraisers office had been contacted about the parcels of land.

But so far, no paper work has arrived at City Hall according to City Manager John Deardoff. He also serves on the hospital board and wouldn’t comment on the selling of the land by the local hospital group, nor would Hospital President and CEO, Kevin Miller.

But, Jeffers who handles media inquiries for the company called us and confirmed that they have acquired the land and will open a local restaurant.


  • Hmm

    If they handle Red Lobster and there is already a Red Lobster sitting empty nearby…. hmmmm

    • Darrel

      My thoughts exactly. They closed Red Lobster, so why are they now opening an Olive Garden. Would rather have Red Lobster back.

  • Kady

    YES!!!!! It’s about time! It got old driving all the way to Wichita when we wanted to eat at Olive Garden.

  • brenda

    Same company pulled out before without warning. If Red Lobster didn’t have enough business, then why not use the building they already own. Half Red Lobster and Half Olive Garden. What a bottle neck the traffic will cause where they bought land. Either hold up traffic on 17th or hold up traffic on road to hospital. What about the ambulances? Use the building you have, and bring back our Red Lobster with Olive Garden.

    • Darrel

      Agree completely.

  • Jennifer

    How exciting! I was hoping Olive Garden would eventually make it here.

  • http://hotmail.com Bevie Jean

    OMG! We don’t have to drive all the way down Mays Road anymore! Yay! Bring it on!

  • Bennie

    I agree Brenda, I actually looked into buying the old red lobster building and renovating it. After it took me one month to even get a hold of the company trying to sell it, they told me it would need gutted out completely and the lease cost $7,000 a month regardless. It is a good location and has a huge parking lot (i.e. flower sales happen there now). I think the City really doesnt want anything to happen in that building because the mall is being downright unfriendly to any pro active, pro growth business stature. Olive Garden would fit there if people wanted it to.

  • Hannah

    Agree they should use the Red Losbster building. But finally we are going to get an Olive Garden :)

  • Chris

    Actually, if they were to use the old red lodster building the renovarkons would be too pricy, and the land would be leased, not owned, therefore costing even more for the company. The location is good too for those traveling on k61. I can forsee an extra lane being put in on waldron due to trafic too, but the concern than peop le are having with ambulences are a little stretched when you think that people pull over and the ambulence can go down the median. But if it does become a problem then they can add another lane for traffic.

  • cheryl

    Thank God!!! Mmmmm…salad n bread sticks!! Who cares where it goes. People always find something to complain about….I’m thankful my family don’t have to drive a hour to enjoy our favorite Italian restaurant!! Thanks olive garden!!

  • jason

    The olive garden will be great. The reason the old red lobster building isn’t going to be used is because of mold. Renovation estimates were in the 60-80k range and that was just to get rid of the mold. There is also talk of a lonestar steak housr coming also I have heard that Macys or l&m is looking at the dillards. I work at one of the corner stores at the mall so anything in that area will be great. Remember folks. When your in the area stop by Sears auto. Aheemmm

    • jason

      I ment long horn. Not lone star.

  • Katie

    Where do we apply for a job

  • Apple

    I agree about the ambulance getting through, but maybe Oliver Garden should re- route the driveway to avoid any problems…