ORLANDO, Fla., May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- LongHorn Steakhouse today announced the opening of its first location in Bluffton, S.C. The restaurant, best known for its atmosphere and flavor of the American West, is located at 1262 Fording Island Road. As part of its pre-opening training period, the restaurant recently hosted a Friends and Family night which helped raise more than $1,000 for the Cancer Awareness Foundation.
The 5,600-square foot restaurant will employ 78 team members and seat more than 200 guests. Chad Mitchell, a restaurant industry veteran of 20 years, will serve as managing partner.
"LongHorn Steakhouse has been looking to bring its tradition of Western hospitality to Bluffton for some time and we are excited about the warm welcome we have received from the local community," said Mitchell. "We look forward to helping our guests relax and unwind in an inviting atmosphere while savoring a great steakhouse meal served with genuine Western hospitality. We're also pleased we could help support the Cancer Awareness Foundation and look forward to making more contributions to the local community for many years to come."
LongHorn opened its first restaurant in Atlanta 29 years ago and has grown steadily – becoming known for its passion for grilling fresh, never frozen, steaks served in a relaxed, comfortable steakhouse atmosphere. LongHorn is known for more than its signature hand-seasoned Flo's Filet and the bone-in Outlaw Ribeye. LongHorn chefs love to grill fresh fish and chicken in addition to steak. Items such as LongHorn Salmon, a fresh, hand-cut salmon fillet seasoned with a bourbon marinade; fall-off-the-bone tender Baby Back Ribs; and Parmesan Crusted Chicken, two juicy chicken breasts grilled and topped with a parmesan cheese and garlic crust, are just some of the other specialties guests will find on the menu.
The restaurant opens daily at 11 a.m. for lunch. It is open until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
ABOUT LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE
More than 29 years after opening its first restaurant in Atlanta, today LongHorn Steakhouse operates more than 350 restaurants in 33 states. LongHorn is a division of Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI), the world's largest full-service restaurant operating company. For more information about LongHorn, please visit www.longhornsteakhouse.com.
Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), the world's largest full-service restaurant company, owns and operates more than 1,800 restaurants that generate more than $7 billion in annual sales. Headquartered in Orlando, and employing approximately 180,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people. In 2011, Darden became the first full-service restaurant company ever to be named to the FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For" list. Our restaurant brands – Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52 – reflect the rich diversity of those who dine with us. Our brands are built on deep insights into what our guests want. For more information, please visit www.darden.com.
SOURCE LongHorn Steakhouse