The Hamilton Outback Steakhouse, which will be located next to The Home Depot and across the street from the post office, is expected to open in November. Staff photo.
The Hamilton Outback Steakhouse, which will be located next to The Home Depot and across the street from the post office, is expected to open in November. Staff photo.

There is good news for “Bloomin’ Onion” fans in Hamilton – an Outback Steakhouse is opening Nov. 12 on U.S. 130 South at Kuser Road.

Proprietor Preston Russell said he is excited to bring the franchise to Hamilton, until now a hole in the Outback Steakhouse empire. The closest other restaurants are in Edison, Bensalem, Pa. and Brick.

“I hear people say for a long time they wanted one here,” he said. “I’m excited about being here.”

The steakhouse will be open Mondays and Tuesdays between 4 and 10:30 p.m., Fridays from 4 to 11 p.m., Saturdays from 3 to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 2 to 9:30 p.m. Workers are putting finishing touches on the building while Preston is amassing a wall of Polaroid photos of staff members (none of whom were Australian, so far) who will serve the 242-seat restaurant.

As the name suggests, the Outback specializes in steak. Russell said the most popular choice is the Outback Special Center Cut Sirloin. The biggest is the Porterhouse, and the most flavorful is the New York Strip, he said.

Russell has experience in the Outback business, having opened one other restaurant before as a manager. The company is also bringing in other experienced supervisors to ensure a smooth opening.

Russell said the restaurant will be donating up to $5,000 of its opening night proceeds to Big Brothers and Big Sisters, a youth mentoring organization. He said that will not be the last of the steakhouse’s contributions to the community.

“We love to do stuff with the community,” he said.

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Diccon Hyatt is business editor of U.S. 1. He has worked for Community News since 2006 and was previously community editor of the Ewing Observer, the Hopewell Express, the Lawrence Gazette, and the Trenton Downtowner. From 2003 to 2006, he was a general assignment reporter for the Middletown Transcript in Middletown, Delaware. In 2002, he graduated from the University of Delaware, where he was features editor of the student newspaper, The Review. He has won numerous awards from the Maryland-Delaware D.C. Press Association and the Association of Free Community Newspapers for features, news, and opinion writing. He is married and lives in Marlton, NJ.