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Olive Garden opens to public
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Roshunda Pinkney, right, and Laysia Oglesby stand ready to receive a steady stream of customers as the Olive Garden at Statesboro Crossing opens its doors to the public Monday. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

Olive Garden opened Monday to big crowds in its Statesboro Crossing location. About 165 jobs will be created with the opening of the 233-seat, 7,500-square-foot restaurant.

"Statesboro is focused on retail growth and expansion making it the ideal location for the newest member of Olive Garden's family of local restaurants," said Valerie Insignares, executive vice president of operations for Olive Garden.

The restaurant will be open for dinner beginning at 4 p.m. only this week. It will open for lunch next Monday beginning at 11 a.m.