Outback Steakhouse opens new location at The Palms

New Outback Steakhouse (above) replaces old structure (below left) at The Palms at Town and Country Center in Kendall.

A fresh look in new surroundings now greets customers of Kendall’s Outback Steakhouse. The familiar Outback logotype is emblazoned on a two-story tower overlooking Mills Drive in the newly remodeled area known as “The Palms.”

The plaza-styled retail and entertainment center with inner pedestrian walkways replaced the former Town and Country Mall where new development continues with the razing of the mall’s last buildings along the northwest corner of Mills Drive, immediately adjacent to The Palms redeveloped area.

“We’re looking forward to a fresh and new Outback Steakhouse experience in Kendall,” said Evelyn Vallejo, managing partner, after vacating the familiar freestanding building in the southeast corner of Town and Country Center.

“We’ve welcomed new and old customers to the inviting atmosphere of a remodeled interior and the traditional hospitality of our wood-fire grill,” she added, speaking after Oct. 3, the new restaurant’s first day of operation in its new location.

Grasses and unfinished wood accents are combined in a new interior designed to capture the feeling of the Australian “Outback” from its front foyer to a spacious bar and booth areas. In addition to newly remodeled décor, guests are welcome for lunch with the restaurant open at 11 a.m. daily. Takeout service also is available.

A new menu features items like a “Filet Focaccia Sandwich” (topped with melted provolone cheese) and a side of au jus for dipping among 10 luncheon entrees offered under $10. Other new items: “Aussie Tizers” like a crab and avocado “stack,” crispy chicken artichoke flatbread, Aussie chicken cobb salad and “Hearts of Golden Mahi.”

Steaks, chicken and seafood dishes flame-grilled over oak wood remain the standard chef’s specialty in classic “seared and seasoned” style that mixes 17 spices to create Outbacks’ uniquely flavored fare, Vallejo added.

Voted No. 1 for “Best Steak” by Zagat Survey of full-service restaurant chains, Outback has won the prestigious award for three straight years since 2009.

Redevelopment of the northeastern area of Town and Country Center is the last link in a five-year replacement of the former 700,000- square-foot retail center, completing transformation of the mall into a contemporary mixed retail-entertainment center along three sides of the lake adjoining The Palms.

For information on Outback Steakhouse, visit www.Outback.com ; for reservations and service, call 305-596-6771.

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