Top 12 Outback Steakhouse Secrets That Aren’t On The Menu!
There was a time when anyone wanting a special night out would head to a place like Outback Steakhouse, but they’ve definitely had their ups and downs over the years. Let’s dig into their questionable association with Australia, the truth about their Bloomin’ Onion, and so much more.
Native Australian Besha Rodell reviewed Outback Steakhouse for LA Weekly in 2013, and confirmed it’s pretty much nothing like what a native Australian might expect.
There’s a good reason for that. Outback Steakhouse was founded by four Americans in 1988, and they were Americans who had never even been to Australia. They were inspired by Crocodile Dundee… so let’s put that into perspective. That’s like a group of Australians founding an “authentic” American restaurant after watching American Pie… and no one wants that to ever happen.
When those founders were developing the idea, they specifically chose not to head off to the Land Down Under, because they wanted to cash in on the kitchy stereotypes Americans had about Australia.
So instead, they scrounged things out of antique and junk stores that they thought sounded sort of Australian-ish — like sheep shears and bullhorns — and opened their first restaurant in a South Tampa strip mall. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the founders knew more about the business plans of restaurants like Benigan’s and Chili’s, and that explains a lot.
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