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Alliance neighborhood could be getting a Longhorn Steakhouse soon

In the latest developments of the fast growing Alliance neighborhood, the area could soon get a Longhorn Steakhouse restaurant.

The new commercial building permit was submitted with the city Jan. 31. According to the plans included in the permit, the restaurant will be 4,622 square feet to hold 298 people. The location for the restaurant will be 9369 North Freeway, by Presidio Towne Crossing.

The location of the Longhorn Steakhouse is the site of the future development called the Citadel at Heritage Trace. Managed by DuWest Realty, the Citadel ultimately will eventually span over the land between Heritage Trace Parkway and Presidio Towne Crossing. The plans, according to DuWest’s website, is to add 500,000 square feet of retail space, which includes pad sites along North Freeway. The Longhorn Steakhouse will be on one of the pad sites.

DuWest has been advertising and offering the Citadel for pre-leasing for several years. The original plan, according to the website, was for construction to begin in 2017 with the hope of finishing in spring of 2018.

Several phone calls and attempts to reach DuWest were not returned.

Longhorn Steakhouse is a casual dining restaurant chain perhaps known best for leaning in heavily to a cowboy/Texan theme. The parent company for the chain is Darden Restaurants, which also owns Olive Garden.

While many chain restaurants have been struggling to redefine themselves in a changing dining landscape, Darden Restaurants reported an increase in revenues in the most recent quarter. In particular, Longhorn Steakhouse had a 6.7 percent increase in sales growth. Overall, the revenue increase for Darden represented a 5.5 percent boost in sales with 39 new restaurant openings.

Carla Jimenez covers breaking business news and commercial retail development. Born and raised in Euless, she took a detour in the Midwest for a few years, but she’s back in the land of football, barbecue and Dr Pepper.