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Vacant Fayette Mall restaurant coming down; new one being built

The former Oak Springs Grill spot at Fayette Mall will be demolished to make way for a new Outback Steakhouse, according to a permit application filed with the city.
The former Oak Springs Grill spot at Fayette Mall will be demolished to make way for a new Outback Steakhouse, according to a permit application filed with the city.

Outback Steakhouse on Nicholasville Road is moving. But only up the road.

Bloomin’ Brands has signed a lease for the former Oak Springs Grill/Abuela’s restaurant space at Fayette Mall, confirmed Sarah Enlow, mall marketing director.

Bloomin’ Brands plans to demolish the existing structure attached to the mall and build a new Outback restaurant from the ground up, according to a permit application filed with the city.

The existing Outback Steakhouse building at 127 West Tiverton Way will be closing but apparently not for a while.

Stacy Miller, site development manager for Bloomin’ Brands, said the lease is coming to an end.

“We currently expect to begin construction at Fayette Mall in spring ’19 to be open winter ’19/’20,” Miller said in an email.

Besides the Australian-themed steakhouse, Bloomin’ Brands also operates Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Cheeseburger in Paradise.

Oak Springs Grill closed in the spring of 2017, about a year after it opened. It had been meant to be the first of a new chain from Food Concepts International, which also owns Abuelo’s Mexican restaurant. They closed the mall’s Abuelo’s to refit it with dark woods and bourbon barrel heads for the Oak Springs look.

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