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New Outback Steakhouse to open near York

West Manchester Town Center site to open Nov. 9; Springettsbury Twp. location closing Tuesday

The Bloomin’ Onion is about to bloom at a new location near York.

Outback Steakhouse, which a year ago announced its plans to relocate from the east to the west side of York, confirmed it will open at West Manchester Town Center on Nov. 9.

Its last day at its current location – 2496 E. Market St., York, in Springettsbury Township – will be this Tuesday, store officials said.

The new location is at 380 Town Center Drive in the rebounding West Manchester Town Center, where two other restaurants, Mod Pizza and Metro Diner, also are expected to open sometime in November, an official with the shopping center’s ownership group said Monday.

A ribbon-cutting for the new Outback will be held Nov. 9 at 4 p.m., Outback spokesman Toby Nelson said.

Some quick facts about the new restaurant, Nelson said:

– The new Outback will be 6,497 square feet, larger than the Springettsbury Township restaurant, with a seating capacity for some 275 patrons.

– 30 new employees will be hired at the new Outback location. Most of the previous restaurant’s employees will be joining the new one.

– A portion of first-day proceeds will be donated to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of York & Adams counties.

Famed for such signature dishes as “Shrimp on the Barbie” and the “Bloomin’ Onion,” Outback is an Australian-themed American casual dining restaurant chain founded by Chris Sullivan in Tampa, Fla. in 1988. It has grown to some 1,000 locations.

The new York restaurant, in West Manchester Township, will be the only Outback in York County, spokesman Nelson said.

Meanwhile, officials with West Manchester Town Center hopes the new Outback helps the center “become the number-one shopping and dining destination in York. We’re very bullish on West Manchester Township and York County,” said Kirk Dotson, executive vice president of development and leasing for the center’s owners, Manchester Mall Associates LLC.

David O'Connor
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