SOUTHINGTON – A LongHorn Steakhouse could be the latest restaurant addition to West Street.
Joe Moruzzi, who owns one of the former Hartford insurance buildings off West Street, said he hopes to begin preparing the site this spring for the steak chain.
“The area needs food. That’s one of the biggest complaints with people in the area. You want to go somewhere nice to eat for lunch, you want to take a client out...,” Moruzzi said. “You have three hotels there....”
This Tuesday at 7 p.m., the Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to consider the application to build the 5,500 square-foot restaurant. The meeting will be held at the John Weichsel Municipal Center, 200 N. Main St.
West Street, near the Interstate 84 exit, has experienced a boom of activity with the filling of the former Hartford insurance offices, new hotels, shopping plazas and a few restaurants such as Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen and Chip’s Family Restaurant.
Moruzzi said the steakhouse will offer another nearby dining option for workers so they don’t have to travel to Queen Street. It’s a complaint he’s heard from his commercial tenants.
“For lunch you don’t have that much time,” he said.
Moruzzi got several inquiries all around the same time, with LongHorn Steakhouse leading the group.
LongHorn Steakhouse spokesperson Brittany Baron said the company is regularly adding restaurants around the country but couldn’t provide information about the proposed Southington location.
Getting approval from the town will likely bring the project into warmer months, Moruzzi said. He’ll build the parking, bring in utilities and do other site work before the restaurant chain starts on the building. Longhorn has five restaurants in the state, including North Haven and Manchester.