03/28/2013 04:56 pm ET

Olive Garden In Chicago: City To Get First Outpost Of Italian Chain Within Its Borders

It used to be that if a Chicagoan had a hankering for a never-ending pasta bowl, "ample portions and [a] relaxed ambience," a trip out to the suburbs was required.

Before long, however, area carb loaders won't have to drive outside of the city limits to get their fix.

Italian chain Olive Garden is reportedly planning to open its first Chicago location located at 3535 W. Addison St., in the parking lot of a Kmart in the city's Avondale neighborhood, Chicago Real Estate Daily reported Wednesday. Work on the restaurant is set to begin this summer.

The Darden Concepts-owned chain -- which already has 10 suburban locations -- isn't the only eatery previously confined to the suburbs that are expanding in the city. Last December, reports emerged that Sonic is eying opening its first location in the city in Uptown. And Chick-fil-A's efforts to expand beyond its one existing Chicago location has received never-ending media coverage.



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