Longhorn to open in Tupelo in August

TUPELO – Longhorn Steakhouse plans to open in late August and employ about 65 people.
The Orlando-based restaurant – part of the Darden Restaurants chain that includes Red Lobster, Olive Garden and Bahama Breeze – is building a 6,200-square-foot location at the former Jim Walters Homes site on North Gloster Street.
“Longhorn is proud to be an active member of the Mississippi community and we are pleased to be opening our new location in Tupelo,” said John Alexander, Longhorn’s senior vice president of operations. “In these tough economic times, we are confident that our creation of new jobs and tradition of community service will add value to the city of Tupelo.”
Longhorn has 350 locations and employs about 18,000 people in 33 states. In Mississippi, it has locations in Gulfport and Hattiesburg.
The Tupelo restaurant, which will include a bar area with a full selection of wine, beer and liquor, will seat more than 240 people.
It will be open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Tara Gray, a spokeswoman for Longhorn, said the company will begin hiring in early August.
“We’ll hold a job fair at the restaurant three weeks before opening,” she replied in an email. “There will be a sign on the building around five weeks before opening with specific details and timing for the job fair.

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