Outback Steakhouse, the Miami-based chain with an Aussie accent, was scheduled to close its 701 Airport Freeway location in Hurst yesterday.But fans won’t be long without their bloomin’ onions. The eatery re-opens on Wednesday a block away at 813 Airport Freeway, on the southwest corner of Texas 183 and Precinct Line Road, for lunch from 11:00 a.m. A spokeswoman won’t say if there were factors behind the move beyond giving diners the latest Outback concept — the first in Texas — with a patio and more parking than before.Half of sales from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on opening day — capped at $5,000 — will be donated to the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Retired School Employees Scholarship Fund, which helps district para-professionals pursue education degrees and certification. Survey of homes and home pricesHomeowners in the greater Fort Worth-Arlington area paid a median $109,000 for their homes in 2011, less than the $110,000 median price paid nationally, according to the latest American Housing Survey.But the median price paid for houses built between 2008 and 2011, was $220,000 locally, compared to the national median price of $235,000, the survey said. The survey, which provides information on the area’s housing costs, mortgages and other housing characteristics, is conducted in odd number years by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2011 survey results were recently released.Homeowners in the Fort Worth-Arlington area had a median monthly mortgage payment of $1,000 in 2011, slightly less than the $1,015 national median. Of the homeowners surveyed, 31 percent said they had no mortgage. Also, the median year occupied houses were built in Fort Worth-Arlington was 1984, compared to 1974 nationally. Just under 4 percent of the homes were using wells as their primary water source, the survey said.The Fort Worth-Arlington area includes homes in Tarrant, Parker, Wise and Johnson counties.Foundations Financial opens regional officeFoundations Financial Group, a multibillion dollar financial services corporation, has opened a regional sales center in the Plains Capital Bank building at 6000 Western Place in Fort Worth.The office offers mortgage, insurance and retirement services. Initially the Fort Worth office will have five employees, but will add 10 people as it grows, a company spokeswoman said.“By operating inside the Plains Capital Bank building, Foundation Financial Group gains an office identity that reflects our strong Texas presence and accommodates our future growth plans,” said CEO Mark Boyer in a statement.Foundation Financial has customers in 39 states.Pavlik firm wins three top awardsFort Worth-based communications firm Pavlik and Associates recently received three top awards in the Hermes Creative Awards 2013 international competition of the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals.The awards, two of them the highest platinum honors, were for videos Pavlik produced for the Fort Worth Police Officers’ Award Foundation. The third was a gold award. More than 3,500 entries were submitted for the competition. Pavlik’s awards were in educational, government and nonprofit categories.
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