With over 100 company-owned and franchised restaurants throughout the Eastern and Midwestern United States, RARE Hospitality International Inc. has a fast-growing presence in the steakhouse segment of the dining industry. This relative newcomer to the market--at scarcely 15 years in business, compared to such 1960s-era chains as Ponderosa and Bonanza--RARE's irreverent style of "cowboy cuisine" shook up the segment. By 1996, the company's core chain of LongHorn Steakhouses numbered 81 units. Following its initial public offering in 1992, the company acquired the Bugaboo Creek Steak House chain and its smaller The Capital Grille group of pricey eateries. Founder George W. McKerrow, Jr. continued to serve the company as chairman through the mid-1990s.
Lone Star Steakhouse Copycat Recipe
cheap cut of steak (cut into small pieces)
1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon margarine
1 cup beef stock
1 cup diced, peeled carrots
1 cup diced peeled potatoes
1 small can mushrooms
1 small can peas, drained
1 small can corn, drained
1/2 a jar of baby onions, drained
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire
a dash of dry mustard
Put the flour in a plastic bag and shake the steak pieces to coat evenly. Brown in a skillet using margarine, cover as it is browning and save juice. Transfer all to stock pot. Add the rest of the ingredients and let simmer for about 1 hour. If the soup is not thick enough add 1/4 cup flour to 1 cup water and shake thoroughly and add gradually, salt and pepper to taste. Makes a lot.