Olive Garden, in Pier Park in Panama City Beach is well under way on schedule to open in the fall of 2008. Construction has been going for several weeks. I would not be surprised if they made it open earlier then the fall.
More pictures after the break.
The Olive Garden has a rustic stone exterior, typical of the buildings in the Italian countryside, and an interior accented by Italian imports designed to make the dining experience at Pier Park a tribute to the restaurant’s Italian inspiration. Exposed wood beams, stone and wood accents throughout, support ceilings and terra cotta tile highlight the interior. The bar top is crafted from lava stone, then hand-painted by artisans in Italy with design created exclusively for Olive Garden; vibrant imported fabrics decorate windows and dining seats; hand-painted plates adorn rustic stone and stucco walls; and the lighting fixtures are all distinctly Italian. Most new Olive Garden restaurants have been built in the Tuscan Farmhouse-design since February 2000.