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Published January 23, 2012, 08:07 PM

GF Olive Garden Now Open

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Those who've been waiting years for an Olive Garden to open in the northern Red River Valley won't have to wait any longer.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Those who've been waiting years for an Olive Garden to open in the northern Red River Valley won't have to wait any longer.

The Italian restaurant opened Monday at 4 p.m.

It's located on 32nd Avenue South in Grand Forks and can hold nearly 250 people.

Olive Garden has 165 employees.

Construction began last summer after a few weeks of training, employees say they're ready for the crowd.

"We're expecting to be very busy. I think the town is excited to have us, so we expect to be busy, but we'll be able to get everyone in that shows up," general manager Donald Szutenbach said.

It will only be open for dinner Monday through Friday this week. Regular business hours will begin Saturday, opening for lunch at 11 a.m.

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