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Logan's to open steakhouse in Athens

By Holly Hollman ∑ 340-2445

Chicken Bottom is finally getting something to moo about.

Developer Bill Ming of Ming Enterprises announced Wednesday that Logan's Roadhouse is building a steakhouse in Athens.

Logan's bought a two-acre lot at Athens-Limestone Crossing, a commercial development at U.S. 72 and Interstate 65.

The U.S. 72 area is a place local residents refer to as Chicken Bottom because of the proliferation of chicken restaurants there.

Logan's bought the lot previously owned by Lone Star Steakhouse.

Lone Star bought the lot behind the Holiday Inn Express in 2005. It received site plan approval in 2006, but plans went into limbo in August when Lone Star signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by affiliates of Lone Star Funds, a Dallas-based private equity firm.

The group withdrew its site plan and residents were left without a steakhouse.

"I'm very excited about Logan's Roadhouse making the commitment to come to our community," Ming said. "They are pleased to be a part of a growing area and serving Interstate 65, one of the Southeast's major travel and tourism corridors."

Ming said construction is to begin in the next 30 days with a tentative completion date of June 2008.

Logan's Roadhouse Inc., is headquartered in Nashville and owns and operates 143 company-operated and 26 franchised restaurants in 20 states. Logan's opened its first location in Lexington, Ky., in 1991.

The restaurant is known for its mesquite-grilled steaks, yeast rolls and bottomless buckets of peanuts. It also offers chicken, burgers, ribs, seafood and salads.

"I think it's great Logan's is coming here," said Hugh Ball, president of the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce. "We need a steakhouse. That fills a hole in our list of restaurants. We're finally getting enough restaurants to feed us and keep us from traveling out of Athens to eat and shop."

Decatur Loganís

Decatur-area diners have had a Loganís Roadhouse for seven years.

Loganís located on the Beltline in August 2000.

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