An Iconic Texas Based Steak Chain That Has Been Sorely Missed By Those That Remember Them Is Making Plans To Come Back!

The last time I remember visiting a "Steak And Ale" restaurant was in the early 2000s just before they shut down. While I don't remember what city it was in, I remember going to a location and enjoying the food but I also began to understand WHY they went out of business too. Their restaurants were sort of "outdated" looking and there was tons of competition. But if you've been craving their flavor, we have good news for you!

The once-popular restaurant chain, based in North Texas, closed its doors after going into bankruptcy in 2008.

The chain was founded by Norman Brinker, the same restauranteur who founded Chili's. The chain, with its dimly lit Tudor-style decorated dining rooms, billed itself as offering an upscale steak experience at lower prices. Steak and Ale grew as one of the first chain dinner houses to its height in the late 1980s with 280 locations, before competition that the brand helped inspire eroded its market presence.

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In 2014, Bennigan's CEO Paul Mangiamele announced their intended comeback for 2016 but nothing happened.  A year later, Mangiamele and his wife Gwen, closed on a management buyout of the company from its parent private equity firm, for an undisclosed price. After trying out different things to reintroduce the brand to the public they are now ready to open up its first location in Texas.

The restaurant chain announced this week that they would be opening its first location at Grand Prairie.

Beef steak on the grill with flames

If you missed that Steak & Ale flavor you won't have to go very far from East Texas to try it. Steak and Ale's comeback was announced weeks ago, with plans to open up in other states but it was only made official when Grand Prairie Mayor Ron Jensen confirmed the restaurant would be coming to the city and its planned to be located off of Interstate 30. If all goes to plan, the restaurant is expected to open some time in 2024 according to WFAA.

Are you excited to see Steak & Ale make a comeback?

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