In 1982 General Mills opened the first Olive Garden, an Italian-American Restaurant, in Orlando Florida. Within seven years the corporation had opened 145 restaurants making it one of their fastest growing restaurant units.
While it was not a critical success it was a popular one and their per-store sales quickly began to rival sister restaurant, Red Lobster. In 1995, General Mills spun off its restaurant holdings as Darden restaurants. Since then Olive garden has become their most value oriented chain.
Currently the Olive Garden chain has over 818 restaurants worldwide and they have announced plans to expand the chain by an additional 200 locations within the next few years.
Because they are planning to open so many new locations they will need a lot of good help to man those restaurants.
The first person that guests meet is the host. As the host you will be responsible for greeting guests in a friendly manner. You’ll work with the dining team to make sure that they are seated in a timely manner and if they have to wait that you are able to give them an accurate time frame. As a server it’s your job to make fill the guests’ orders. You’ll need to take accurate order requests and put them in the system for the line cook to prepare them.
You will also act as cashier when the meal is finished. The line cook then prepares orders as they come into the kitchen making sure an entire table is complete and delivered to the window at the same time. Bartenders work with servers to deliver alcoholic beverages to the customers as well as waiting on customers that are seated in the bar area. Sometimes even servers need help so the server assistant helps deliver food to the tables as well as clean the tables after the meal is complete.
Olive Gardens job benefits include:
- health insurance
- dental plan
- disability insurance
- term life insurance
- eye care
- employee discounts
When you work at Olive Garden, you’re family. That’s their motto. It’s an expression of the spirit at Olive Garden they call Hospitaliano! – Their passion for 100% guest delight. They want their guests to feel at home, so they invest a great deal in nurturing their team members and fostering a welcoming, positive work environment.
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