WAYCROSS, Ga. -- Darden Restaurants had somewhat of a homecoming on Monday.
The company, which is based in Orlando, opened its fourth "synergy restaurant" in the city where late founder Bill Darden opened his first restaurant, The Green Frog, in 1938.
The new restaurant houses a Red Lobster and an Olive Garden under the same roof. According to a release from Darden, the new restaurant will create 200 jobs for the area.
To accommodate two restaurants under one roof, the building itself is larger -- 8,700 square feet. A typical Red Lobster restaurant is 6,000 square feet and a typical Olive Garden is 7,500 square feet, according to Darden.
This is not the company's first "synergy restaurant" near the First Coast. Others are also open in Palm Coast and Brunswick. There is also one in Beaufort, S.C.
Two more locations in Thomasville, Ga., and Wilkesboro, N.C. are under construction.
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