The tempest-in-a-teapot "controversy" over Florida-based Darden Restaurants (Capital Grille, Red Lobster, Olive Garden) changing the facade of the Spanish-style building at 325 Nichols Road — for years the location of the Woolf Brothers department store and, later, the Eddie Bauer store — for their upscale Seasons 52 restaurant has simmered down almost faster than it boiled over. Today KSHB Channel 41 reports that the restaurant no longer plans to create a stylish stone facade over the original Mediterranean stucco courtyard entry.
The modern design was disturbing to many Plaza supporters who have become increasingly more vocal about the architectural integrity of the 89-year-old shopping district, believed to be the oldest shopping center in America designed for patrons who arrive by automobile.
The argument, however, was somewhat disingenuous: The Country Club Plaza has modernized restaurant facades on the Country Club Plaza for decades.
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