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BARBOURSVILLE - LongHorn Steakhouse and Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries announced they will open next week at the new Tanyard Station retail development complex in Barboursville.

LongHorn Steakhouse will officially open its newest restaurant at Tanyard Station at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. The restaurant will celebrate the opening with a "lasso-cutting" ceremony where one special guest will mark the occasion by cutting into the restaurant's very first steak, according to a news release from the company.

After the ceremony, the restaurant will officially open to the public at 3 p.m., the release said.

The new 5,850-square-foot restaurant will seat more than 300 guests and will be led by 20-year industry veteran Peggy Carden as managing partner.

LongHorn Steakhouse is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is owned and operated by Darden Restaurants Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida. LongHorn Steakhouse features fresh, never frozen, grilled and seasoned steaks, chicken, fish and more.

The restaurant will add more than 60 jobs in Barboursville, according to the release.

The retro-themed diner chain Hwy 55 also will open next week, but does not have an exact date, according to Erin Downard, who owns the restaurant with her parents, Don and Lynda Downard.

The Downards also own the Hwy 55 restaurant on 3rd Avenue in downtown Huntington at The Market for the past two years.

Hwy 55 is a diner with a full menu of American classics served in a 1950s dining atmosphere, Erin Downard said.

"It will feature fresh, never frozen, hand-pattied hamburgers, cheesesteak sandwiches, salads and a wide variety of milkshakes and frozen custards," Erin Downard said. "Each location features a unique open kitchen in which customers can watch their meals being prepared.

"Barboursville is a very family-friendly town and a great fit for a family restaurant such as Hwy 55," Erin Downard added. "We have incorporated many vintage photos of Barboursville from the 1950s to both pay homage to the town and be consistent with the unique atmosphere of the restaurant. With the addition of our newest location, customers on each side of Cabell County will be able to enjoy a Hwy 55 close to them."

Meanwhile, Tanyard Station development officials said last week that they are in talks with national tenants to build on the second phase of the new retail site in Barboursville.

"We are in discussions but have not finalized any deals and will not be able to make announcements until the leases are signed," said Brent Roswall, a native of Barboursville and co-owner of Interstate Realty, the company developing the site.

Roswall also addressed recent changes to the Tanyard Station site plan, which includes showing a large "wholesale" tenant on the backside of the property. There also appears to be a fueling station across U.S. 60.

"I have done multiple site plans from time to time, and this is used for reaching out to tenants to see if they are interested in Tanyard, but it does not mean the deals are done," Roswall explained.

On Dec. 21, the first four businesses that opened were Aldi, Sheetz, Aspen Dental and Verizon Wireless.

Roswall said other businesses scheduled to open soon at the development include Sport Clips and Zen Nails & Spa, but those businesses have yet to release opening dates. Menards, a home improvement store, will begin construction in the spring, Roswall added.

Tanyard Station is being built on the site of the historic CSX railroad yard along the Mud River and Tanyard Branch Creek in Barboursville.

The projected cost has been estimated at $100 million, with $9 million of that total for road and traffic upgrades.

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