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Longhorn Steakhouse wants to build a restaurant beside Sears Automotive at the Square One Mall in Saugus

SAUGUS — LongHorn Steakhouse could be one of four new businesses in a new building proposed for the Sears Automotive site at the Square One Mall.

LongHorn Steakhouse has requested the Board of Selectmen transfer a liquor license from New Ki-Ku-Ya, Inc., which was doing business as Sake Japanese Restaurant, to the chain. The 670 Broadway Japanese restaurant closed earlier this month.

A conceptual drawing, created by Bohler Engineering and submitted in a package sent to the Board of Selectmen on Aug. 2, shows four units in the building, including the 6,400-square-foot restaurant and three other spaces just over 4,000-square-feet each.

LongHorn’s proposal is for a 192-seat restaurant with TVs. It would be open Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and would stay open until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

The $3 million construction project would be completed in the summer of 2019 and the restaurant expects to open at the end of 2019 or the beginning of 2020, according to a summary of the transaction included in the package.

The chain offers entrees prices between $13-$29. There are more than 490 LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants in the United States.

LongHorn’s parent organization, Darden Restaurants, Inc., a publicly traded company based in Florida, is affiliated with more than 1,500 restaurants across the United States. The group owns several restaurant chains including The Capital Grille, Olive Garden, and Yard House.

If the transfer is approved by selectmen on Wednesday, LongHorn won’t be the only steak house in town. It will join existing Jimmy’s Steer House at 114 Broadway and 110 Grill, which is planned for the AvalonBay Communities development at the former site of the Hilltop Steakhouse.

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