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Outside remodeling begins at LongHorn
Paul and Annie Laurie Bendt exit LongHorn Steakhouse Tuesday after enjoying a meal while visiting Statesboro from Charleston, S.C. Renovations on the outside began at the popular restaurant Tuesday and it will remain open during the work, which is expected to take about three weeks. See story, page 5A.
    The LongHorn Steakhouse on Northside Drive in Statesboro is undergoing an extensive exterior renovation. LongHorn district manager David Hayes said the restaurant's façade was being updated to reflect the latest in the company's restaurant design.
    "We call the new design a ranch house remodel," said Hayes. "The Statesboro restaurant was due for some work to be done to the outside, so this will give it the same appearance as the new restaurants that are being built today."
    Hayes confirmed that the Statesboro LongHorn is a very strong performer within the chain. "This restaurant has always done well. We are very proud of it."
    Hayes said construction should be completed in March. The interior was renovated three years ago.
    LongHorn Steakhouse is owned by Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI) headquartered in Orlando, Fla., which is the world’s largest company-owned and operated restaurant company with almost $6.7 billion in annual sales and through subsidiaries. The company hass approximately 180,000 employees and owns and operates more than 1,700 restaurants including Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse and  The Capital Grille.
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