Sad news today for Bloomin’ Onion fans. The plans for two new Outback & Carrabba’s Express locations in eastern Loudoun County have fallen through. Currently, it doesn’t appear the brands have any plans to open the concept locally.
It was back in April when Bloomin’ Brands, the parent company to both Outback and Carrabba’s, announced plans to expand their carry out and delivery only concept here in the DC market.
After opening several locations in Florida, the company said they would open two locations in Loudoun. One was here in Ashburn at the Dulles Parkway Center (LoCo Parkway & 267) and the other was in Leesburg near the Home Depot. Now, The Burn has learned both deals are off.
Like any major restaurant company, the company is testing the Outback & Carrabba’s Express concept to see if a carry out and delivery only option would generate significant and sufficient revenue. In a recent call with investors, one company executive referred to them as “learning labs.”
The Burn called the public relations department at Bloomin’ Brands, but there’s been no call back yet. With the cancellation of the Loudoun County plans, it sounds like perhaps the company is pulling back on the Express idea overall.