The wait is over. Carrabba’s co-founder opens new Italian restaurant in Jacksonville

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A highly anticipated upscale-casual Italian restaurant offering a hybrid customer service model is welcoming guests to the table in Jacksonville — the first of several locations planned in Northeast Florida.

Texas-based Mandola’s Italian Kitchen from Carrabba’s Italian Grill co-founder Damian Mandola opens Wednesday at 11112 San Jose Blvd. at Mandarin’s Claire Lane Center — home to Trader Joe’s, Barnes & Noble and more.

But Mandola’s is different from Carrabba’s, Outback Steakhouse, Olive Garden and others. Instead of being seated and placing a drink and meal order at the table with a waiter, guests review a menu and place and pay for their order at a counter, similar to The Loop Pizza Grill, Panera Bread and others, pour their own soft drinks from the beverage counter and choose their own table.

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