June 2015 What’s Happening Here: Longhorn Steakhouse

Longhorn Steakhouse

Crews work on the retaining wall at the front of the site for the LongHorn Steakhouse that will open this fall between Olive Garden and Red Lobster off Arsenal Street in Watertown. Photo by Ted Booker, NNY Business.

Crews work on the retaining wall at the front of the site for the LongHorn Steakhouse that will open this fall between Olive Garden and Red Lobster off Arsenal Street in Watertown. Photo by Ted Booker, NNY Business.

What: Full-service national franchise restaurant.

Location: Outer Arsenal Street, Watertown, between Olive Garden and Red Lobster.

Developers: Pyramid Cos., Syracuse, owner of Salmon Run Mall. Project cost estimated near $1m.

Site Prep & Infrastructure: Widrick Construction, Adams Center.

Design: GYMO Architecture, Engineering and Land Surveying, Watertown.

Builder: Once shovel-ready, the property will be turned over to a contractor hired by Darden Restaurants. Orlando, Fla.-based Darden is the largest restaurant group in the country and owns LongHorn, Olive Garden and Red Lobster franchises.

Size: 5,500 square feet. The restaurant will share an entrance/exit with the Olive Garden off Salmon Run Mall Loop Road. The two restaurants will share the same parking lot, which will be expanded by 127 spaces for a combined total of 277 spaces.

Completion: October. “This area was identified as a great community with long-term growth potential,” said Heidi Schauer, a spokeswoman for LongHorn Steakhouse.

Local Jobs: Several dozen construction jobs. An unspecified number of service-related jobs once completed.

Features: Due to its low elevation, the site has been filled with 12 feet of gravel. An 11-foot-tall brick retaining wall surrounding Olive Garden is being extended by 138 feet to the west. A drainage pipe, 84 inches in diameter, was built to run from a ditch at northern end and underneath the parking lot to the ditch that borders Arsenal Street.