LongHorn Steakhouse destined for O.P.

March 1, 2012 Updated Mar 1, 2012 at 9:23 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by James Fink

March 1, 2012 Updated Mar 1, 2012 at 9:23 AM EDT

After scouting a number of locations for the past year, LongHorn Steakhouse has selected Quaker Crossing as the site for its first area restaurant.

Quaker Crossing developer Gerry Buchheit confirmed that he has a signed lease with LongHorn to open a 6,000-square-foot restaurant at the busy Orchard Park shopping center. The restaurant should be open within the next 12 months, Buchheit said.

Plans call for Buchheit to demolish the long-closed Montana Cookhouse restaurant parcel and replace it with the new LongHorn building. Buchheit has filed all the necessary permits with Orchard Park.

"This is a project I've worked more than one year on," Buchheit said.

With the deal, the 600,000-square-foot Quaker Crossing is more than 90 percent leased with such anchor tenants as Target, Dick's Sporting Goods, Kohl's, Marshall's and Regal Cinemas.

The Orchard Park is the first of perhaps three area sites where LongHorn may open a restaurant.

The Orlando-based chain, a division of Darden Restaurants Inc. (NYSE: DRI), has three suburban Rochester restaurants in Victor, Greece and Henriettta respectively and one in Newburgh. In all the company has some 370 restaurants in 35 states.

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