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Outback Steakhouse Is Invading Assembly Row

The giant Australian-inspired chain comes to Somerville. Prepare for Bloomin' Onions.

Photo: Outback Steakhouse, Burlington/Yelp

Because the world obviously needs more Bloomin' Onions, Outback Steakhouse is opening an outpost in Somerville's Assembly Row, which has been mostly welcoming a mix of regional chains (J.P. Licks, Legal on the Mystic from Legal Sea Foods, etc.) and chains from further away (Earls Kitchen + Bar from Canada and PAUL Bakery from France).

Outback, which is based in Tampa, Florida, has 15 other locations in Massachusetts (as well as many throughout the entire country). The company is seeking a full liquor license for the Assembly Row location, which will be near Papagayo, Legal on the Mystic, and the Nike store. Outback offers "Aussie-tizers" like the aforementioned mountain of fried onions, plus steaks, seafood, loaves of bread served on giant knives, and more.

Restaurants at Assembly Row have been opening in phases; Earls, Legal, and Ernesto's Pizza should be among the next to open, and the new T station right at Assembly Row is expected to open this month.
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