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LongHorn Steakhouse plans early 2018 opening in Boise

LongHorn Steakhouse's first Pacific Northwest restaurant will be at Franklin and Milwaukee in Boise. Photo by Liz Patterson.

LongHorn Steakhouse’s first Pacific Northwest restaurant will be at Franklin and Milwaukee in Boise. Photo by Liz Patterson.

LongHorn Steakhouse expects to open its first Pacific Northwest restaurant in early 2018 in the Franklin Town Plaza in Boise at Franklin Road and Milwaukee Street, at the Interstate 84 onramp.

LongHorn started construction June 19 on the 5,593-square-foot structure that will seat more than 200. LongHorn is building on the site that had a Chili’s Grill & Bar for many years.

Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, LongHorn has more than 480 restaurants in 40 states but none in Oregon, Washington or California and only three in Utah, all in the Wasatch Valley. It also has eight in Arizona.

“We identified Boise as a great city with long-term growth potential,” said Hunter Robinson, a spokesman for Darden Restaurants, the parent company for LongHorn.

Darden Restaurants has a thin presence in the Pacific Northwest. Only three of its eight brands are represented in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, with Olive Garden the only one widely represented.  Idaho has four Olive Gardens in Boise, Nampa, Idaho Falls and Coeur d’Alene. Idaho has one Yard House at the Village at Meridian, as do Seattle and Portland.

The Boise LongHorn architect is FRCH Design Worldwide of Cincinnati and the general contractor is Steed Construction of Eagle.

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