BY MORGAN LEGEL
Journal Staff

Windows on the previous Chili’s Bar & Grill building read “COMING SOON: LongHorn Steakhouse” on Dec. 2.

Photo by Morgan Legel

A new restaurant is “steaking” its claim in the island’s steakhouse soil market — LongHorn Steakhouse will be opening its inaugural location in the Guam Premier Outlets in Tamuning, where Chili’s Grill and Bar previously occupied itself before it moved to Tumon Sands Plaza.

Apple Pacific, the company that operates Applebee’s, IHOP, Pieology and Olive Garden on the island, is bringing the LongHorn Steakhouse brand to Guam, according to Romalyn Lintag, a marketing representative from Apple Pacific. She also said the group is not ready to release any information on the new LongHorn Steakhouse.

Monte D.M. Mesa, the general manager for GPO and Tumon Sands Plaza, said GPO and LongHorn have been in discussion since 2018. He also said as long as the occupancy permit is issued in a timely manner, along with the inspection, he anticipates that the new restaurant will be open by March 1, 2020.

LongHorn was founded in Atlanta, Ga. in 1981. Over the next nine years, the restaurant spread throughout the country and into Puerto Rico. In 2007, the franchise was purchased by Darden Restaurants, Inc. LongHorn Steakhouse has over 480 locations worldwide, including aforementioned Puerto Rico and El Salvador.

Customers on their maiden voyage to LongHorn can expect not only steak and prime rib entrees, but also parmesan crusted chicken and salmon, as well as deserts like molten lava cake. Patrons can also wet their whistle with any of LongHorn’s specialty cocktails and signature margaritas. mbj