|A typical LongHorn Steakhouse design. (photo provided)|
The LongHorn Steakhouse chain that is part of the Darden group of eight casual-dining restaurants (including Olive Garden in this market; it sold off its Red Lobster line in 2014) will be located next to a Hyatt House extended-stay hotel at 144 Wolf Road. Like Longhorn, Hyatt will be a new brand to the region.
The first LongHorn was opened in Atlanta in 1981 as LongHorn Steaks. It became LongHorn Steakhouse in 1996, by which time it had more than 100 locations. Today, it has grown to more than 480 locations.
The Colonie location will have plenty competition in its niche. On or near Wolf Road there already are the Barnsider, one of the oldest steakhouses in the area, Delmonico's Italian Steakhouse, Outback, Texas Roadhouse, and others.
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