A new LongHorn Steakhouse coming soon?
The fire-damaged LongHorn Steakhouse on North Druid Hills Road was finally demolished earlier this week. LongHorn Steakhouse, part of Orlando, Florida-based Darden Restaurants, burned last June, and up until this week had sat fenced in, caved in, and abandoned.
The LongHorn building, which locals say dates to the 70s, was originally a Sambo's, and later a Skeeter's Mesquite Grille, a predecessor to LongHorn.
It remains unclear why over eight months have passed since the fire, and only now is the site being cleared.
Heidi Schauer, Media Representative for LongHorn Steakhouse, provided the following yesterday:
"Our landlord for the Toco Hills restaurant began the demolition of the building this week. We expect the demolition process to take two weeks."
"The landlord is in the planning phase of rebuilding the restaurant. That’s all the information I have at this time."
With other "nearby" LongHorn locations in Tucker on Hugh Howell Road and on Piedmont Road near the Lindbergh MARTA station, many locals are eager to have THEIR LongHorn open once again.