Outback Steakhouse will move to former Panera Bread site near Woodfield Mall

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Schaumburg administrators on Tuesday approved the construction of a new Outback Steakhouse on the northwest outskirts of Woodfield Mall, allowing the relocation of an existing one further west on Golf Road.

A 4,936 square foot building at 1140 Plaza Drive will replace the current building, which is smaller at 1,596 square feet and previously housed a Panera Bread

Tim Gallagher, whose company owns the site, said Panera Bread moved a short distance south to 830 N. Meacham Road so it could have drive-thru.

The new Outback Steakhouse will not have a drive-thru or patio, but it will have a curbside pickup door on its east side.

The restaurant likely won’t be completed until late 2022 or the first quarter of 2023, but Gallagher said the plan is for the existing Outback Steakhouse at 216 E. Golf Road — just east of Roselle Road — to remain. open until then.

A representative for Outback Steakhouse told members of the village zoning board earlier this month that there is currently an interested party interested in occupying the site the restaurant will vacate.

Schaumburg recently approved regulatory changes allowing restaurants to use land along Golf Road rather than requiring special use permits.

Gallagher said while the change didn’t happen soon enough to have much impact on this Outback Steakhouse proposal, he thinks approving restaurants along Golf Road will be a much more streamlined process to the future.

The new Outback Steakhouse will share the parking lot with neighboring Japanese Shabu-You buffet and Charles Schwab’s offices at the southeast corner of Golf and Meacham.

At the zoning board hearing, a representative for the developer said demand for parking at this shared lot has declined since the Charles Schwab building recently replaced a Bar Louie restaurant.

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