Columbia Olive Garden General Manager Receives National Recognition

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Mike Hooks, General Manager of the Olive Garden in Columbia, has achieved parent company Darden Restaurants’ Diamond Club status. He was recognized this year for his commitment to delivering guest experiences at the highest level, while making a difference in the lives of guests and team members, as well as in his community. This is the third time Hooks has received this recognition.

“When guests walk through the doors of the Columbia Olive Garden, they feel like part of our family thanks to leaders like Mike,” said Dave George, President of Olive Garden. “His passion for hospitality and creating a vibrant team member culture make him an incredible asset to both the Columbia community and Olive Garden family.”

This year, Hooks joins an elite group of 42 General Managers selected from the more than 800 Olive Garden restaurants in North America, making this a truly exclusive honor. Hooks attributes his professional success to his team.

The Columbia Olive Garden is located at 10136-112 Two Notch Road.