I'll be honest: as a mom of two young kids, I don't do much dining out. My kids are not quite fit for public consumption. But when a representative for Outback Steakhouse reaches out and asks you to do a sponsored blog post in exchange for some Outback swag, you sell your soul for some bloomin' onion. To celebrate Outback Steakhouse’s grand opening in York at the West Manchester Town Center (380 Town Center Drive in West Manchester Township), the restaurant is hosting a Charity Give Back event tomorrow, October 9, in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of York & Adams Counties. A portion of sales for the day will go directly to the organization.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 11am–10pm Ribbon cutting at 4pm
As a restaurant owner myself, I found it super interesting to do a little digging into the history of Outback Steakhouse. Four friends--Chris Sullivan, Bob Basham, Tim Gannon and Trudy Cooper--opened the first Outback in Tampa, FL in 1988.
"It was in very bad shape, and it smelled like alcohol," Cooper said. They laid down the cheapest flooring they could find — wood reclaimed from an old basketball court. And the decor? "I was collecting things out of antique stores — bullhorns and sheep shears, some dirty rugby equipment that a friend had," Cooper said. "The night or so before we opened, we sat here with a six-pack of beer and hung decor, literally screwing stuff to the wall."
Things started off so slowly, "we used to have to get our employees to park in the parking lot to make it look like it was busy," Basham said.
Holden, I'm sure, would appreciate Outback's "no rules, just right" philosophy, so when we decide to venture out for dinner again, perhaps we'll take a trip down unda'.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters: For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. For more information, visit www.bbbsyorkadams.org.