Here's what the Outback Steakhouse of the future looks like

BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)New York CNN Business —Outback Steakhouses of the future won’t be nearly as expansive as the outback itself.
Like many casual dining chains, Outback is pivoting toward a post-pandemic future in which delivery and takeout orders are increasingly important to the bottom line.
So the chain, known for its Bloomin’ Onions and steaks, is reducing the size of its restaurants by 17% to clock in at about 5,000 square feet.
These new and more compact locations will include smaller kitchens and expanded pickup areas for takeout and delivery.
“Outback is a 34-year-old brand with a fairly large national footprint,” Brett Patterson, president of Outback Steakhouse, said in an interview with CNN Business.
The new bar at the Outback.
Smaller-format restaurants can also help Outback expand into cities where real estate is more expensive.
Patterson said the brand is eying further expansion in Texas and the Southeast.
So far, four redesigned restaurants have opened in Texas, North Carolina and Ohio, and Outback aims to add between 75 to 100 new restaurants in coming years.
“In the next few years, you’ll see significantly more growth than in 2022,” Patterson said.
Outback’s resurgence comes after several quarters of positive results, with sales up 9.2% in its most recent quarter.
In 2021, the top 500 restaurant chains accounted for 63% of total US restaurant sales, up from 58% in 2019, Technomic said.