Seasons 52, Where Everything Is Under 475 Calories

By Brian Curtis
|  Tuesday, Oct 26, 2010  |  Updated 7:01 PM CDT
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Guilt is not on the menu at this Plano restaurant.

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Guilt is not on the menu at one Plano restaurant.

Seasons 52 promises that every item on the menu is less than 475 calories -- including flatbreads, steaks and even dessert.

"I love knowing that everything I eat is under 475 calories," customer Linda Onorato said.

"I guarantee you will not be able to tell it's 475 calories," Chef Ryan Fletcher said.

The restaurant's name stems from how the entire menu changes with the seasons, four times a year. Parts of the menu change weekly, 52 times a year.

"Change is good," Fletcher said. "I think it keeps us on our toes."

Seasons 52 is backed by parent company, Darden restaurants, which also owns the Olive Garden and Red Lobster.

The location at The Shops at Legacy is the chain's first in Texas, but its 13th nationwide. Six more locations will open soon across the United States.

The chain has found a silver lining in the weak economy. Seasons 52 often moves into spaces vacated by the recession.

The Plano location used to be a furniture store.

"The real estate market has opened up," said Kean Dahl, of Seasons 52. "We can go into markets where maybe in the past we wouldn't have considered and get great deals."

The North Texas restaurant market is known for being tough. Dahl said it is "extremely competitive, but Seasons 52 is already a local hot spot.

"I can't wait to come back," Onorato said.

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