By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Keizerites helping themselves at the grand opening of the Outback Steakhouse in Keizer Station will be helping their neighbors.
Jon Lakefish, director of Franchise Marketing for Evergreen Restaurant Group in Washington, confirmed the opening date recently.
“We open to the public on Monday, July 15 at 11:30 a.m.,” Lakefish told the Keizertimes.
Construction on Keizer Station’s first sit-down restaurant started in February. The building is the first Outback in the Northwest with its particular design theme.
The Lancaster Drive Outback is being closed, with Tim Flora being moved over to run the Keizer location.
Lakefish said Outback is doing a special promotion on opening day.
“To celebrate our grand opening and to initiate our commitment to being a strong leader in the communities in which we operate, we will donate 50 percent of total sales on opening day (up to $10,000) to the Keizer Chamber Foundation,” Lakefish said.
Among other things, the Keizer Chamber Foundation provides Keizer families in need with food, clothing and a present for children during the Christmas season; provides school supplies for Keizer elementary children and supports Keizer Public Art with stipends to local artists.
There will also be a VIP event at Outback the day before, July 14.
Keizer Mayor Lore Christopher is looking forward to having Outback in Keizer.
“They are going to be a phenomenal community partner,” Christopher said. “On that opening night, people need to plan on having dinner there, with a minimum guarantee of $2,500 going to the chamber foundation.”