SCHERERVILLE | A popular sit-down chain restaurant with a wood-burning grill will bring a new take on Italian food to Schererville.
Carrabba's Italian Grill will open its first Northwest Indiana location, and only third location in the greater Chicago area, at 49 U.S. 41 in the new Shops on Main retail center later this year. The 3,500-square-foot restaurant will employ an estimated 85 workers.
Other new restaurants coming to the $112 million shopping center at Indianapolis Boulevard and Main Street in Schererville include Tomato Bar Pizza Bakery, Meatheads Burgers & Fries, Firehouse Subs, Noodles & Company and YoAmazing Yogurt Shoppe.
Tampa-based Bloomin' Brands owns Carrabba's, which is known for signature dishes such as Chicken Bryan, Pollo Rosa Maria and Marsala. The restaurant group also owns Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill and Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.
Carrabba's, founded in Houston in 1986, places more of a focus on grilled and roasted meat and fish entrees than many other Italian restaurants. Its menu includes a wide array of chicken, steak, veal, pork and seafood dishes, as well as Roman-style pizzas and pasta sauces made from scratch daily.
The Italian eatery has more than 200 locations nationwide, but the only two currently in the Chicago are are in Naperville and Woodridge. The new Schererville location will feature a contemporary interior and exterior designs that are intended to evoke Italian hospitality.
Construction began on Monday, and the restaurant is expected to open later this year.