MySaline has been sitting on this information for months, and many of you have heard rumors, but it wasn’t a done deal. Now I can finally officially say it’s true and Olive Garden is coming to Saline County. Benton Mayor Tom Farmer made an announcement via social media on Monday, September 27, 2021 saying the following:
“It’s September 27th and I know it’s been a long time coming, but we’re announcing today. You see directly behind me is where a restaurant and the main office of the old hotel that caught on fire over a year ago it was cleaned up over 6 months ago and now if you look at it you will see there is plastic covering. The exciting news… due to the hard work of Brad Jordan and David Vondran and everyone involved the hotel… the asbestos is being taken out now as we speak… it’s being torn completely down and we’re about to have an Olive Garden on this premise. Olive Garden will be here in 2022. So what a great day. Now we’re ranked 33rd in the nation as some of the best cities to live in – 32 other cities ahead of us, but with the addition of the Olive Garden coming and the other things that are happening here in Benton, we hope to go up that scale next year. Congratulations Benton, we have a lot to look forward to because once this comes, other things will come as well.”
The restaurant has been talking to the City of Benton about different things for months – utilities, permits and more – and negotiating with the former owner of the property. According to the former hotel owner, on Friday, September 17, 2021, they finally put ink to the deal to demo the current structure, and build a new restaurant at 16732 Interstate 30 in Benton. If you don’t recognize the address, it’s the former location of OYO, the motel and restaurant space that caught fire in August 2020.
Here below, is video from the hotel site, with the hotel office and restaurant already demolished, and now the hotel rooms are undergoing asbestos abatement and about to be demolished as well.
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