What’s the one word you associate with Outback Steakhouse? Considering the accent featured in every Outback commercial it would be Australia, right? Well in fact, Outback’s founders hadn’t ever visited Australia before opening their first location. Read on for these and other facts about the “No Rules. Just Right” chain.
Yep: When the founders were putting together their business plan, none of them had ever visited the continent and they weren’t even particularly well-versed in its food or customs. Apparently a research trip was proposed but shot down, because all the founders were going for was “American food and Australian fun.”
Outback steakhouse actually runs its own political action committee (PAC), which is the second-largest donor in the food and beverage sector, second to the National Restaurant Association. According to OpenSecrets.org, the PAC donated $1.3 million in the 2012 election cycle, with 96 percent of donations going to Republicans.
The Bloomin’ Onion, which is an onion that’s been sliced (using a top secret method), battered, and fried in beef tallow, is one of the most famous chain restaurant dishes on earth, and also one of the unhealthiest. It contains 1,954 calories and a whopping 155 grams of fat, along with 56 grams of saturated fat and 3,841 milligrams of sodium. Thankfully, Outback also offers a variety of dishes that contain less than 600 calories.
The Outback Bowl is played every New Year’s Day at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Called the Hall of Fame Bowl from 1986 to 1994, it was renamed the Outback Bowl in 1995 and has retained the name since, making it the longest bowl sponsorship in history. The partnership is expected to extend through at least 2020.