Outback Steakhouse

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Outback Steakhouse
Wholly owned subsidiary
Industry Restaurants
Genre Casual dining
Founded 1988; 27 years ago (1988)
Founder Bob Basham
Trudy Cooper
Chris T. Sullivan
Tim Gannon
Headquarters Tampa, Florida, United States
Number of locations
979 (2013)[1]
Area served
North America, Australia, Caribbean, Southeast Asia, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Guam, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, United Kingdom, Venezuela
Products American cuisine
Parent Bloomin Brands
Website Outback.com

Outback Steakhouse is an Australian-themed American casual dining restaurant chain based in Tampa, Florida with over 1200 locations in 23 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. It was founded in February 1988 in Tampa by Bob Basham, Chris T. Sullivan, Trudy Cooper, and Tim Gannon, and it was owned and operated in the United States by OSI Restaurant Partners, until it was acquired by Bloomin' Brands, and by other franchise and venture agreements internationally.

Canadian Outback restaurants began in 1996. In March 2009, Outback Steakhouse Canada abruptly closed all nine locations in the province of Ontario, citing poor economic conditions. However, the restaurant later opened a location in Niagara Falls and its Edmonton, Alberta franchise remains in operation.

In 1997, Outback entered the South Korean market through the franchise agreement with Aussie Chung Inc. Currently, there are 101 Outback Steakhouse locations throughout South Korea. On June 14, 2007, OSI Restaurant Partners completed a stock repurchase plan, and the company is now privately held.

In April 2012, Bloomin' Brands, the current owner of Outback Steakhouse, filed with the SEC to raise up to $300 million in an initial public offering.[2]


All meat is heavily seasoned; there is a 17 spice blend for the steaks themselves. Outback bills its food as "full flavor". It fries its food in beef tallow, and uses real butter and heavy cream in many dishes. Burgers are ground from beef tenderloin. Menus are highly regionalized. Crawfish appear in some dishes in Southern American locations, as do sweet potatoes. Eastern locations often feature Maine Lobster tails, while western locations frequently serve Alaskan King Crab legs and cakes.[3]

Outback's bar selections are highly regionalized. Outback serves Foster's Lager; an Australian brand of beer exported around the world. Other Australian beers often served include Toohey's New, Boag's, and Coopers Premium Lager, Sparkling Ale, and Pale Ale. Wine selections vary, but often include Australian wineries Yellow Tail, Lindeman's, and Rosemount.[3]

Although a number of menu items are grilled, steaks are prepared on a griddle using butter as a heat transfer medium. Because they are cooked solely by conduction, their surfaces are cooked much more rapidly than their centers, and Outback follows a standard meat temperature (rarity) scale.[3]

The use of fats in such liberal quantities has brought the chain under major fire from many health advocates: Men's Health magazine condemned Outback's Aussie Cheese Fries as the "Worst Food in America," with 182 grams (1,638 calories) of fat and nearly 3,000 calories per order.[3]

In Malaysia, Outback Steakhouse offers a pork-free menu to cater for Muslim customers.

The Bloomin' Onion is a signature Outback item. It is a one-pound onion cut to 'bloom' open, breaded, deep-fried and served with mayonnaise-horseradish sauce. Other restaurants offer items similar to the Bloomin' Onion, as in Chili's Awesome Blossom (discontinued) and Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon's Texas Rose. Many of the Blooming onions have come under fire for high calorie counts, sometimes going over 1,500 calories.[4]

Dietary considerations[edit]

The lamb served at Outback comes from New Zealand and is certified halal by the Islamic Council of New Zealand.[5]

Outback also offers a gluten free menu which includes most of its normal menu items with slight variations. Outback has recently added gluten free beverage choices, including Angry Orchard cider.

Outback did not display full nutritional data on their food until early 2010.[6]

Outback has now added a "light style" option to the menu. This option is designed to prepare meals under 500 calories by carefully proportioning out sides and preparing the meals without butter and added fats and salt.[7]

Community involvement[edit]

Outback Steakhouse has a program to support the communities in which their restaurants are located.[8] On a national level Outback partners with Heineken USA and their Heineken with a Heart program to raise funds for various organizations in these communities. Outback also sponsors the NCAA football Outback Bowl.

One of the two Outback blimps
The Outback Steakhouse Hummer vehicle

Political involvement[edit]

The company and its founders are major contributors, via the Outback Steakhouse PAC, to the Republican Party, contributing $303,015 and $334,197 for the 2000 and 2004 election cycles, respectively.[9][10] The Outback Steakhouse PAC itself is one of the largest donors in the food and beverage sector, second only to the National Restaurant Association, which itself represents 300,000 restaurants.[11]



  1. ^ OSI Restaurant Partners 2010 Annual Report
  2. ^ "Outback Steakhouse owner Bloomin' Brands files for $300 million US IPO". Renaissance Capital. 9 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "The 20 Worst Foods in America". Men's Health. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  4. ^ "Nutritional Information". Outback Steakhouse, INC. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  5. ^ "Outback Halal Summary on zabihah.com". zabihah.com. Retrieved 2014-05-29. 
  6. ^ Zinczenko, David; Matt Goulding (2010). Eat This, Not That! (2010 ed.). Rodale. pp. 138, 283. ISBN 9781605295381. 
  7. ^ "Outback Steakhouse Menu". Outback Steakhouse of Florida, LLC. Retrieved 2011-04-21. 
  8. ^ http://www.outback.com/companyinfo/outbackgivesback.aspx
  9. ^ "Soft Money Donations: Outback Steakhouse (2000)". The Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved 2006-08-26. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Soft Money Donations: Outback Steakhouse (2004)". The Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved 2006-08-26. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Food & Beverage PAC Contributions to Federal Candidates, 2003-2004". The Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved 2006-12-29. 
  12. ^ "Outback Steakhouse Bloomin' Onion I Airship". Outback Steakhouse, INC. Archived from the original on 2006-05-03. Retrieved 2006-08-26. 
  13. ^ "Outback Steakhouse renews title sponsorship of Outback Bowl through 2020". WTSP. 2013-06-26. Retrieved 2013-08-05. 
  14. ^ "Inside The Company". OSI Restaurant Partners, INC. Retrieved 2006-08-30. 
  15. ^ Kurz, Jr., Hank (2012-04-01). "Newman wins wild finish at Martinsville Speedway". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 2013-08-05. 
  16. ^ "OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE OFFERS FANS TASTY REASON TO CHEER FOR NEWMAN". Ryan Newman. 2012-12-24. Retrieved 2013-08-05. 
  17. ^ "2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Paint Schemes - Team #4". Jayski's Silly Season Site. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  18. ^ "1990 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 2013-08-05. 
  19. ^ "Hallways To The Past". Gordon Online. 2011-10-20. 

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