Central Pasco’s restaurant row is gaining its third steakhouse. Saltgrass Steak House, a Houston-based restaurant chain, is planning its first Tampa Bay area location at the Cypress Creek Town Center retail hub at Interstate 75 and State Road 56.
The Saltgrass franchise is part of Landry’s, the restaurant giant with brands including Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Rainforest Cafe and Joe’s Crab Shack. Tilman Fertitta, who also owns the Golden Nugget Casinos and Hotels and the NBA Houston Rockets, is chairman and CEO.
Currently, the only Saltgrass Steak House restaurants in Florida are in Orlando and Pensacola. But earlier this month, a Dallas real estate development company filed preliminary plans with Pasco County to build a 8,133-square-foot Saltgrass Steak House on the south side of SR 56 near the I-75 southbound entrance ramp. That puts it in Lutz, but retailers there commonly market themselves as being part of Wesley Chapel.
“We have been looking to join the Wesley Chapel community for many months,’’ said Jeff Cantwell, executive vice president of development for Landry’s Restaurants. “We’re in the process of finalizing plans for a Saltgrass Steak House to be located in Pasco County."
The site is east of Tampa Premium Outlets and on property owned by the Sierra Properties’ Pasco Ranch. That location puts it on the same side of the highway and east of the existing BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse and of LongHorn Steakhouse. The proposed Saltgrass Steak House will be next to the proposed Rock ‘N Brews restaurant and near the planned Main Event bowling and entertainment center.
Sierra Properties Chairman and CEO Robert Sierra Sr. said plans for Saltgrass Steak House are not yet finalized.
“As I have said before, when I see walls I know it is a go,’’ Sierra said.
Rock 'n Brews and Saltgrass Steak House will bring the number of restaurants developed in the Cypress Creek Town Center over the past three years to 21, not counting the food court offerings within the Tampa Premiums Outlets mall.
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