Look For A Steak And Ale Opening Near You, But Not Real Soon

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The first time I ever slammed against a salad bar was at Steak and Ale as a young lad. The thought of the stack of the cold plates chilling to near iceberg levels only to be met with a layer of salad greens and the very first sampling of blue cheese ever still brings a slight moistening to the side of my lips.

I am not sure the last time I ran through that salad bar, or any salad bar for that matter, but it had to be at least five years ago because that was when the very last Steak and Ale closed its doors.

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Steak and Ale was part of the Metromedia Restaurant Group along with Bennigan’s. The restaurant legend Norman Brinker started Steak and Ale in 1966 and later launched Bennigan’s before he left the company in the early 1980s to start Chili’s. In 2008, Steak and Ale had 58 company-owned locations, when Metromedia’s lender forced it to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection.

Last year we announced that Atalaya Capital Management was in the midst of bringing back Bennigan’s (can you say Monte Cristo?) and now they are “incubating” the Steak and Ale concept. Don’t go knocking on the old doors of the decaying buildings just yet, this is very much a 2014 project. But it will be fun to reminisce over an inexpensive steak and a sample of wine for a quarter.

Do you remember when the Steak and Ale menu was written on these giant laminated butcher knives? That probably never caused any trouble. We’ve been saving the coupon below for just such a comeback.

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26 responses to “Look For A Steak And Ale Opening Near You, But Not Real Soon

  1. Janice E. Wojcik

    Are there any Bennigan’s or Steak and Ale or Ponderosa or Bonanza’s in the Central New Jersey area? I have a gift card and I just called it in and it says I have $25.00 on it!

  2. Fran Clift

    I live in the Dallas area. We were just talking about how much we missed S & A! Timetable and location for Dallas/Garland area,

  3. Larry Steging

    We are interested in learning of the anticipated date and location of a re-opening in the Dallas area.

  4. Bobby Brisby

    I live in Michigan. Any anticipated opening here.

  5. Terese

    Anyone know the recipe for the “Ranch” dressing from Steak & Ale? I have been searching for it for years!!!!!

  6. Jane Little

    Would like to see Steak n Ale back in Dallas, Texas!

  7. Ed spencer

    They had a wonderfully-seasoned steak, the Kensington (I think.) miss it and the frigid salad plates. Dunston’s on Lovers Lane still has a great salad bar like that.

  8. Emerson Flurkey

    I have fond memories of Steak n Ale. My family would always take my mother there for her birthday. I loved Steak n Ale so much that I was one of their chefs and kitchen manager many years ago. I hope you bring back the restaurant to one of it’s beloved locations at the Little Road landmark in Arlington, Texas. My mother just celebrated her 80th in October.

  9. I decided to divorced my second after she picked a fight with me at the entrance of a Steak and Ale. That was the last straw…I cant live with someone that get’s between me S&A!!! Come back to Dallas!!!

  10. PORTIA

    Loved Steak & Ale back in the 7o’s . lived in Atlanta Ga ,and never had such great upscale food at good prices since/./great drinks,salad bAR . tender steaks and wonderful atmosphere .. would be wonderful if one opened up here in ATLANTA

    • Doug Williams

      Portia- I, too, frequented S&A in Atlanta. Stone Mountain on Memorial Drive. Sundays after church or just a nice dinner out with the family back in the 70′s.Can’t wait to see them around again.

  11. Kathy

    Loved the escargot and prime rib. Would love it if they reopened in the Dallas area.

  12. Richard P

    I would absolutely LOVE to see Steak & Ale come back to life. My first job in the restaurant management profession was with S & A, and I spent 8 great years with them (Dallas, Albuquerque and Tulsa). As for the above-mentioned cleaver menus….I still have one. If they build one in the Dallas area I will be first in line to apply for a management position again…

  13. Guadalupe Rosales

    We have one now in The Woodlands, TX, and it’s great

  14. Andrea

    I loved it when I lived in New Jersey, Im so disapointed now that Im in Arizona I hope they consider the Phoenix area for a reopening. I want a Kensington Steak!!! They cooked it perfectly. And those ice cold Salad plates.

  15. greg parks

    Please come back to garland tx. My favorite place to eat. Best salad bar. Always good food. Can’t wait to see, coming to garland tx. Soon!!

  16. these restaurants should never have closed there were a lot of establishments that never closed in spite of the crisis and they survived steak and ale could have been one of those you need to leave well enough alone don’t fix it if is not broken people did nothing but cry when you closed .

  17. Robert Meyers

    I happen to have one of those menu cleavers that I “borrowed” about 40 years ago. Shrimp cocktail $1.95. Steak and Lobster $7.95. Duke’s filet $6.25. Great days.

    If Steak and Ale ever was brought back, I would gladly give this cleaver menu back to the ownership company…would be great to have on the wall. If this is in the works, email me at licky_201@excite.com.

  18. Mike Thompson

    I really enjoyed the dates and dinner at s&a. Along with my parents special dinner nights. Hurry back to Atlanta. Mike emthom55@GMAIL.COM

  19. Jay Banks

    While going to undergrad school at SMU I worked first at the number two unit in Dallas, on Shady Brook Ln. in Jan. 1973. Then in Summer of 1973 was head waiter and helped open the first St. Louis unit, located in Creve Cour, Missouri. Marty Dowd was the manager. Then fall of 1973 went back to school in Dallas, and worked at the number one unit on Lemon Ave. Made great money working four nights a week in those days. S&A trained me so that in Dec. 1974, I helped open a restaurant at 75 East Wacker Dr. in Chicago, while I went to MBA night school at Northwestern Graduate School Of Business ( now Kellogg). What a great couple of years.

  20. Bring back Steak and Ale…..I can’t find an Osso Bucco anywhere near as good for the price….. oh how I miss this place.

  21. Keller McKaig

    Steak and ale was one of the best restaurant’s , birmingham Alabama ever had. The food was great and the bar was even better!! Lots of good times!! Bring them back please, Birmingham needs them. Good luck in your comeback !!!!

  22. elaine

    Great memories of Steak & Ale in Atlanta Ga. back in the 70′s/80′s.great food,atmosphere,,wonderful salad bar/loved the ambience of the place//There have been other good steak houses but nothing like STEAK & ale/

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