Italia Gardens plans groundbreaking for new downtown Grand Blanc location

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GRAND BLANC (WJRT) (3/14/2019) - Italia Gardens is planning to break ground on its newest location in Grand Blanc next week.

The chain of Italian restaurants in Mid-Michigan will build its fourth location on the southeast corner of Grand Blanc Road and Davis Street next to Grand Blanc City Hall.

The new restaurant was announced in May 2018. Groundbreaking is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. A grand opening date has not been announced.

Italia Gardens operates other locations on Miller Road in Flint Township, South State Road in Davison and on Lapeer Road in Oxford.

Italia Gardens became Flint's first Italian restaurant when Albert and Josephine Barone opened the first location in 1931. The company remains family owned by their son-in-law Don Haley and his wife Enza.

Haley has been working on adding new Italia Gardens locations since he took over control of the business. He became interested in Grand Blanc while attending one of the city's food truck festivals last year.

He is planning to offer a menu similar to the other three Italia Gardens locations at the Grand Blanc restaurant. The new location also will feature an outdoor eating area during the warm weather months.