Rumor Control: LongHorn Steakhouse coming to Sebastian?

Longhorn Steakhouse
Longhorn Steakhouse

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant in Sebastian?

Well, that’s been the rumor going around town. Supposedly, LongHorn is building in the old trailer park next to Home Depot on U.S. Highway 1.

We reached out to Longhorn and asked if they had any plans to build a steakhouse in Sebastian. They stated, “there are no plans at this time,” to build a restaurant in our town.

So, there you have it.

LongHorn Steakhouse is headquartered in Orlando, Florida. Their parent company is Darden Restaurants.

There have been other rumors about the old trailer park. We investigated a rumor that a new shopping plaza was going in with Starbucks and T.J. Maxx.

“At this time, Starbucks is not opening a store in Sebastian,” a spokesperson told Sebastian Daily.

“T.J.Maxx has not announced a new store for Sebastian, Florida,” Katie MacLeod, T.J. Maxx Public Relations, told Sebastian Daily.

There was also a rumor that the property would be used to build an ALDI store in Sebastian. While the company is building one in south Vero Beach, they have no plans to build a grocery store in our town.

“We look forward to sharing news as plans develop. When it comes to choosing store locations, we look at many factors. We want the best sites that are closest to our shoppers and can support a high daily traffic volume,” ALDI Vice President Chris Hewitt told Sebastian Daily.

There will be something built on the property near Home Depot. Store chains are notorious for denying rumors about a new store until planning is complete. They certainly don’t want to alert their competition. We saw this already with the new Burger King in Roseland. The company first denied building another store until their plans were approved.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland. When he was age 9, his parents moved to Jupiter, Florida. Andy spent several years at various radio & television stations in Florida such as WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. In 1994, Andy made a career change to computer programming and worked for several technology companies (two are Fortune 500) in Atlanta, Georgia. However, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2002. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.