Two national restaurant brands coming to Gardendale in 2023

City of Gardendale City Hall during Christmas 2020. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Unlimited breadsticks and “steak as it was meant to be” are coming to the city of Gardendale.  According to Gardendale Mayor Stan Hogeland, Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse are now slated to open new locations in Gardendale in Spring 2023. 

In a statement released this week, Hogeland said the two popular restaurants will be located at The Crossing at Magnolia City Place, a new development by Preferred Growth Properties. The businesses will be located off the 271 Fieldstown Road exit of I-65. 

Here is a map of the proposed development from the city.

Map of Gardendale development. Photo via Gardendale Facebook page

“We are beyond excited about these great additions to our city,” Mayor Hogeland said in a statement. “I personally can’t wait to see the Olive Garden and LongHorn signs at our exit!” he added.

The city of Gardendale expects the two national brands to bring in revenue and jobs to the community’s 16,000 residents. Here are the numbers:

  • 150 jobs
  • $650,000 in sales taxes annually

Nearby Locations

The two Darden Restaurants brands are no strangers to the Birmingham metro area. Presently, there are two Olive Gardens restaurants in Trussville and Hoover. LongHorn Steakhouse has three franchises — two in Hoover (Inverness and Stadium Trace) and Alabaster.

Did you know Gardendale is one of the fastest growing towns in Jefferson County? According to the 2020 Census it grew 15+%. Looks like it is about to grow some more!

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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