Australian themed Outback Steakhouse will replace Mimi’s Cafe at the corner of Mooney and Cameron in the Packwood Creek Shopping Center. Representatives for Outback filed preliminary plans with the city recently to demolish the Mimi’s restaurant to be replaced by a similar size, 6472sf Outback Steakhouse.
The plan was filed by representatives, RSI Group Inc. RSI is a design, development, construction and facility management group serving the hospitality and retail development communities and based in Costa Mesa.
The former Mimi’s has been vacant since September 2014 when it suddenly closed. A hearing on the new proposal site plan will be held March 30 at 315 W Acequia.
The property itself at 4004 S Mooney continues to be owned by Kathryn M Crosby.
Outback Steakhouse has locations in both Bakersfield and Fresno and almost 1000 locations worldwide. Launched in 1988 in Tampa Florida, the eatery is now part of Bloomin’ Brands – traded on the Nasbaq (BLMN) who own several upscale restaurant chains. Bloomin’ Brands has been on the grow adding 49 new restaurants, including 29 in international markets, last year.
The company’s stock is down about 33% in the past year. While Bloomin’ Brands had a disappointing fourth quarter one analyst says consumer increases in disposable income should benefit their traffic.They also say more international expansion in Brazil and China should also help.
The average Outback seats around 200, serves grilled steaks,chicken and seafood as well as fresh salads and soups.