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.




Lava Cake

Longhorn Steakhouse Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

5 tablespoons butter
3 1/2 ounces dark chocolate
2 extra-large eggs
1 extra-large egg yolk
3 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Melt the butter and chocolate together in the microwave for 2–3 minutes on medium heat. Stir to combine. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar and vanilla until the mixture is light yellow in color and the sugar is dissolved.

Stir the warm chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and whisk until combined. Sift in the flour, cocoa, and salt. Fold in with a spatula until combined. Spoon into 4 buttered 5-ounce ramekins, and tap on the table to settle any air bubbles. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Place the ramekins in a baking dish and add water to the dish until it is halfway up the sides. Bake for 15 minutes.