Former LongHorn property progressing
For over 30 years, LongHorn Steakhouse at 2892 North Druid Hills Road welcomed patrons. Last June, a devastating fire forced the closure of the restaurant and for months it sat, partially burned and dormant. This past February, the building was finally demolished, leaving only the trash area intact.
In February, I contact Heidi Schauer, Media Representative for LongHorn Steakhouse, and was provided the following:
"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 far more than two weeks having passed and no visible work, I began to wonder if the restaurant would ever reopen.
Amazingly, last week, a new variance request sign was placed at the property. The request, "Increase lot coverage and reduce parking to re-build a restaurant," seems to indicate that LongHorn wants to increase the size of the restaurant and reduce the amount of parking.
The public hearing is set for August 12th.
I again contacted Ms. Schauer for comment.
"The building owner is going through the variance process as part of the rebuild. We are confident that the plans will be approved and that the rebuilding process will continue as planned."
No word on how much larger the restaurant would become or by how much the parking would be reduced.
If all goes well, perhaps patrons will be dining at LongHorn by next spring?