GOOD HONEST HEARTY FOOD SINCE 1989
The Texas Steakout is without a doubt one of the most established and appreciated restaurants in Limerick. Here is our story about how exactly it came to be one of Limerick’s finest eateries.
The Texas Steakout Restaurant is located in the basement of 116 O’Connell Street, a gorgeous setting for a restaurant with original stone brickwork giving that warm homely feel, accompanied by an age-old fireplace and friendly staff that make you feel most welcome. You can sense the character of the setting the second you walk through the doors. Although the inviting atmosphere and the mouth-watering menu selections are indeed something you come to expect from the Texas Steakout, a lot of work has gone into making the Texas Steakout what it is today.
The Texas Steakout first opened in 1989 as a much smaller restaurant that seated sixty customers. Our team at the Steakout wanted to be sure that they were bringing something new and different to the restaurant scene in Limerick and with that idea in mind we decided to open a Texan themed steak house.
‘’What was really different about the Steakout was that obviously we had a big theme. We were serving really hearty American style dinners, so at the time there was nothing like it. Along with the Texan themed menu options we made sure we paid great attention to theme incorporating it into the décor. Once the theme was decided the hunt for memorabilia commenced and all the charming Texan figures and ornaments that are in the restaurant today have adorned the walls since we opened in 1989.”
The decision to open such a unique style of restaurant in the heart of Limerick City during a time when dining out certainly wasn’t as popular as it is today, was a daring move, but indeed a move that captures the essence of the Steakout; taking a good idea and making it work. ‘’Our strongest asset is that we never relented on quality or service. It wasn’t a case of it can’t be done, it’s always been – it will be done.’’
Our team at the Texas Steakout pulled out all of the stops to ensure the restaurant would become well known and loved. Staying with the Texas theme of the antique ornaments every table was covered with classic American chequered tablecloths while each waiter/waitress were dressed head to toe as American cowboys/cowgirls. Limerick had no other place like it and it was most definitely a drastic step away from the norm but it simply added to the already endearing nature of the restaurant and began to draw the crowds. It is safe to say that we did everything we could to build our customer numbers ‘’We even had a float in the St. Patrick’s Day parade just to promote ourselves and be out there. We also brought a fake life sized stuffed buffalo and planked him outside the door, it was all to get the place recognised. And, thankfully it worked!’’
After years of hard work to build our customer base during the harsh times of a recession, it began to pay off and work began on the first of the Texas Steakout’s many extensions throughout the years. The Steakout now seats 280 people in our relaxed eating environment.
The managing team at the Texas Steakout have an extremely high regard for every staff member working in the restaurant, both front of house and behind the scenes in the kitchen.
As a restaurant we really pride ourselves on our devoted and dedicated staff as well as the food that we serve every day. The menu at the Steakout is bursting with variety, ranging from the highest quality steaks to Mexican dishes, speciality chicken dishes and vegetarian options. When you dine at the Texas Steakout you are ensured to enjoy a substantial meal just as if it were from your own kitchen at home, with fresh produce being prepared every day. ‘’We do not even have a can opener in the kitchen here. Every soup and every sauce are made from scratch, with the vegetables coming in the door every single day.”
‘’We’ve have changed details over the years to improve, but our core chefs are still here, they are irreplaceable. The ribs you’ll eat today are the very same ribs you would have ate in 1989, with the very same recipe. I think it is that consistency and then the added variety on the menu that are vital. There are dishes on the menu since we opened and we just cannot take them off. We even tried taking them away at one point and people insisted they wanted it all back.’’
There are a lot of exciting things on the horizon for the Texas Steakout, including the brand new Steakout Cocktail Lounge, which is available for private party bookings. “So many families come through our doors repeatedly and join us for all of those special occasions and milestones in their lives, it has been brilliant to watch them grow and celebrate with them, we have team members whose parents used to work with us at the Steakout, that is a great feeling to have generations of Limerick families here.
We know it is you, our customers that makes the Texas Steakout the success it is today, so we want to say thank you to each and every person who is reading this, thank you for taking the time to get to know us and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Texas Steakout for many more years to come.
The Texas Steakout Team