A new Bonefish Grill and a second LongHorn Steakhouse are landing on the Columbus culinary menu.
Bonefish Grill, an upper-end seafood company based in Tampa, Fla., expects to open its eighth Georgia restaurant later this year, Niki Chakravarthy, a representative with MSL Group, a New York-based public relations firm, confirmed today via email.
“I wanted to let you know that we are opening a store in the area and are thrilled to be joining the community,” she said. “The restaurant may be open in the fourth quarter of this year.”
Chakravarthy did not disclose the location of the new eatery. But Columbus planning director Rick Jones said Bonefish is headed for a site adjacent to and just north of the Starbucks Coffee house on Veterans Parkway. It’s situated across from Columbus Park Crossing, with crews now preparing the land for the project.
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“It’s right there next to Starbucks,” Jones said. “I don’t think they’ve given them an address yet because they’re still working on that lot.”
Also heading for Columbus Park Crossing is a LongHorn Steakhouse, Jones said, with it being constructed next to the T.G.I. Friday’s on Adams Farm Drive.
LongHorn already has a 380-seat, 65-employee location at 3201 Macon Road. Manager Casey Halbach said today that although the chain is “interested” in another local site, she “can’t confirm or deny” that Columbus Park is the chosen venue.
“They’ve looked at sites and such, but there has been nothing that has been completely determined,” she said.
Orlando, Fla.-based LongHorn is a division of Darden Restaurants Inc., which also owns the Red Lobster, Olive Garden, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52 brands.
Bonefish Grill, meanwhile, typically opens only for dinner, starting at 4 p.m., serving up fish, steak, chicken and other entrees that have been prepared over a wood-burning grill.
The 11-year-old chain operates in 28 states. Its Georgia locations include Alpharetta, Augusta, Buford, Macon, Savannah, St. Simons Island and Snellville. It has outlets in the Alabama cities of Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile and Montgomery.
Says the Bonefish Grill website: “Fueled by their mutual passion for fish and adventure, our founders set out to create a unique dining experience — one that would take the mystery out of fish for people who didn’t eat it very often, and yet provide further mystery for the truly adventurous.”