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Trolley installed, The Old Spaghetti Factory set to open April 18

GAZETTE PHOTO: RAY PITZ - Arland Sanborn, The Old Spaghetti Factorys semi-retired trolley master, installs a screw inside what he believes is the 20th trolley hes constructed in The Old Spaghetti Factory restaurants throughout the country.  The iconic trolley car, the focal point of all The Old Spaghetti Factory restaurants, was brought in and intricately assembled in several pieces on Tuesday, March 16, at the pasta eatery’s new Sherwood location.

For Arland Sanborn, the company’s semi-retired trolley master, it was the 20th trolley he’s installed in The Old Spaghetti Factory restaurants throughout the country.

“It will probably be done Friday (in three days),” Sanborn said about the trolley, which was brought inside through a back overhead door, which leads to the restaurant’s future outdoor patio.

“I love it,” Sanborn said of constructing the trolleys over the years. “It’s fun to see it all done.”

And while it isn’t an authentic trolley like they were in the early days of the Portland-based pasta chain (“If you could find one, you (couldn’t) afford it,” quipped Sanborn), it looks pretty darn close, all the way down to the traditional trolley colors of red and crème.

And it proves to be a lot more versatile in the fact it will hold more customers than a real trolley.

COURTESY OF THE OLD SPAGHETTI FACTORY - When completed, this is what The Old Spaghetti Factory in Sherwood will look like. It is located in Village Parkway at Sherwood. The 8-foot-wide-by-30-foot long piece of woodwork and laminates will hold a total of 28 guests inside several combinations of booths inside the soon-to-be-opened restaurant.

But the trolley isn’t simply a piece of décor that’s placed in almost all The Old Spaghetti Factory restaurants, it’s also the linchpin to finishing it, according to Ryan Durrett, director of marketing for the restaurant chain.

“The rest of the restaurant will be finished and built around it,” he pointed out.

The 8,500-square-foot The Old Spaghetti Factory restaurant, located in Gramour Development’s Parkway Village at Sherwood, will open on April 18.

Other highlights of the new building include:

Seating for 300 complete with the restaurant’s traditional Victorian-era décor, which includes Tiffany chandeliers and lots of stained glass. Two banquet rooms, one with seating for about 100 people, the other with room for 50. A sliding barn door type divider allows for the creation of a large single banquet room if needed.

A spacious bar with a decorative tin ceiling along with an adjoining covered patio bar.

Large wooden front doors. “When people walk in, it will look, feel and taste like an Old Spaghetti Factory,” said Durrett. “We’re looking forward to it.”

Meanwhile, The Old Spaghetti Factory plans to hire just over 100 people at its Sherwood location with hopes to employ as many local residents as possible said Durrett. The Old Spaghetti Factory Hiring Center is located in the same complex, Suite 158 at Parkway Village in Sherwood, 21430 S.W. Langer Farms Parkway.GAZETTE PHOTO: RAY PITZ - Those are some major pots. These stainless steel pots will be used to cook sauce and pasta at the new restaurant, which opens April 18.

The the restaurant will be hiring until the day it opens, he said. The hiring center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This will be the fourth The Old Spaghetti Factory in the Portland-metro area (the fifth if you include Vancouver, Wash.) and the chain’s 43rd restaurant overall.

The restaurant chain is headquartered in Portland.

“It’s always fun opening a new one,” said Durrett. “We’re going to be here for a long time and create a lot of great memories I hope.”