LongHorn Steakhouse has officially opened its newest Orlando restaurant near the Fashion Square Mall. The restaurant celebrated the opening with a “lasso cutting” ceremony, where a special guest, with the assistance of UCF mascot Knightro, helped mark the occasion by cutting into the restaurant’s very first legendary steak.

LongHorn Steakhouse is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is owned and operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida. As of 2016, LongHorn Steakhouse generated $1.6 billion in sales in its 481 locations.

There’s a Western/Texan theme inside the restaurant with cowboy memorabilia and statues and paintings – as expected from a steakhouse.

Located at 3101 E Colonial Dr., the 6344-square-foot restaurant seats more than 320 guests and is led by 15-year Darden veteran Brooke Manz as Managing Partner. This restaurant opening added more than 60 jobs in Orlando.

According to the restaurant, “LongHorn Steakhouse is all about quality, serving fresh, never frozen, expertly grilled and boldly seasoned steaks, chicken and fish. The restaurant uses its very own signature seasoning blends that are specially created to complement specific cuts of meat and the way they are grilled. Each restaurant features Certified Grill Masters specially trained in the art of grilling – and they’re the experts in selecting the right cut of steak, boldly seasoning and grilling to each guests’ taste.”

Here is a FIRST LOOK inside the restaurant from a recent visit during family and friends night:

Longhorn’s White Cheddar Stuffed Mushrooms – a favorite of our table!
Longhorn’s Wild West Shrimp is tossed with spicy cherry peppers and garlic butter
Longhorn Strawberry & Pecan Salad
Longhorn Side Caeser Salad
Longhorn Porterhouse – 30 oz – combines a bone-in strip and a tender filet into one thick cut.
Longhorn Baby Back Ribs – Slow-cooked, fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs seasoned and fire-grilled for extra flavor. Brushed with signature housemade BBQ sauce.
Longhorn Chocolate Stampede – six types of chocolate served with vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate drizzle.