The first Longhorn Steakhouse opened in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1981 but it was a freak snowstorm in 1982 that put the restaurant on the map. As one of the few businesses in town still open, the fledgling restaurant offered specials to stranded commuters and tourists.

Perhaps it is fitting that the newest restaurant in the chain would open shortly before one of the coldest weeks of the year. As part of the new Tanyard Station shopping center the new Longhorn Steakhouse opened on Tuesday, Jan. 22. The chain is part of Darden Restaurants, which also owns Olive Garden.

"Tanyard Station is a great area and we're part of the first phase of it. We started work on this area about a year ago, and the physical building was ready in the beginning of December. It took about two weeks for us to do training in house. We brought in our corporate trainers who come in from across the country. We have 12 to 15 of them who come in along with our new restaurant opening manager, Mildred Rivers, who has been opening restaurants for over 25 years. We had a friends and family event the weekend before we opened. We sent out invitations to the community and our team members invited their family," said Peggy Carden, a managing partner of the Barboursville Longhorn Steakhouse. "It was a practice round so everyone was able to try our food at no cost. If they bought any alcoholic drinks, that money was donated to the Harmony House. We had a lasso-cutting ceremony for our opening with members of the chamber of commerce, the mayor, and Harmony House. Harmony House is our 'harvest partner.' They're a local charity that we donate unsold food to."

The company's motto is "You Can't Fake Steak" and Longhorn offers a variety of specially seasoned steaks cooked to order including sirloin (6 oz $12.49, 8 oz $15.49), ribeye (20 oz $20.99,) and New York strip (12 oz $20.99). The menu also includes parmesan crusted chicken (9 oz $14.49, 12 oz $16.49), pork chops ($16.99), and grilled shrimp ($17.79).

"One great thing about the Longhorn Steakhouse is how we have fresh, not frozen steak, chicken, and fish. We have our own unique seasoning blend that we use on our meat. Our menu has a nice array of options for the guest whether you're looking for something lighter for lunch, or heavier for dinner," Carden said. "Our ribeye steaks are very popular. We hand-cut them in house. I personally really enjoy the 'Outlaw Ribeye.' It's 18 oz. and boldly seasoned. The Parmesan seasoned chicken is another favorite of mine. At our bar, we have a great choice of margaritas and cocktails like our Tito's Texas Tea. We have eight taps and always try to keep a local IPA. We have Devil Anse IPA, which I'm told is a big seller in the area."

The menu also has a variety of lunch combinations including a crispy buttermilk chicken sandwich ($7.99), a grilled chicken & strawberry half-salad ($8.99), and a 1/3rd lb. mushroom swiss burger (9.99).

Longhorn Steakhouse is located at 33 Tanyard Station in Barboursville next to Sheetz. It is open from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted. No checks are taken at this time. For carry-out orders or more information call 304-955-5541. For a full menu and company information visit: https://www.longhornsteakhouse.com/locations/wv/barboursville/barboursville/5585.

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