Sweeping Changes Coming to U.S. Steakhouse Chains

Joel Eisenberg

Many companies are undertaking tech-related operational improvements.

Outback SteakhousePhoto byShutterstock

Author’s Note

This article is based on corporate postings and accredited media reports. Linked information within this article is attributed to the following outlets: Outback.com, TexasRoadhouse.com, and EatThis.com.


I write extensively about U.S. steakhouse chains for NewsBreak. In recent months, the majority of my pieces have detailed individual restaurant closures.

This article, however, will be different as now comes word that sweeping operational and appearance-related changes are being effectuated in steakhouse chains nationwide.

Let us explore further.

Steakhouse Chains, 2023

According to a report from EatThis.com, entitled “5 Big Changes You’ll See at Steakhouses This Year,” most titular changes are tech and appearance-related in an across-the-board attempt to streamline operations.

As excerpted from the report: Already one of the most recognizable names in the steakhouse game, Outback is in the midst of a transformative 2023. First announced last year, the chain is currently implementing an ambitious "Next Gen" redesign of its restaurants. New units will be smaller yet more space efficient, offer the latest in restaurant technology, and even feature dedicated takeout and curbside pickup areas.

As for a prime Outback Steakhouse competitor, the article goes on to state: Texas Roadhouse is currently rolling out "Roadhouse Pay," a convenient pay-at-the-table system, across all of its locations. As of February 2023, Roadhouse Pay was already live across over 600 restaurants. Moreover, Texas Roadhouse is also testing out mobile handheld ordering tablets and conducting a soft launch of a new kitchen display system, dubbed its "Digital Kitchen."

The aforementioned chains have also announced substantial expansion, following the closures of some underperforming locations, with hundreds of new restaurants scheduled for the coming years.

One old favorite, it should also be noted, is making a comeback of sorts as all remaining Sizzler restaurants are being substantively remodeled.


The collective changes of U.S. steakhouse chains is a developing story. In the event of pertinent updates to this matter, inclusive of progress and official announcements of milestone dates, I will share them here on NewsBreak.

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