LongHorn Steakhouse was founded by George McKerrow, Jr. in 1981 when he opened a restaurant called LongHorn Steaks Restaurant & Saloon in Atlanta, Georgia. The restaurant featured premium steaks that were grilled in a butter sauce.
A snowstorm stranded commuters in 1982 and drove them towards the only hospitable place around – LongHorn. From there the restaurant gained recognition and began to be successful.
By 2001 LongHorn had 136 locations.
In January 2020, a 6-year-old did a review of LongHorn’s Shirley Temple and gave it a 5 out of 10 because there were no cherries in the drink. LongHorn SteakHouse has now changed its recipe for the drink, adding 5 cherries, three on the bottom and two on the top.
Today LongHorn has 491 locations in 35 U.S. states.