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Where do things stand with the proposed steakhouse in South Middleton Township?

A new steakhouse was slated to open earlier this month but ran into some technical issues that have delayed the opening slightly, according to South Middleton Township supervisor Tom Faley.

Faley said the new steakhouse, located at the site of the former Bonanza Steakhouse in the 900 block of Walnut Bottom Road, ran into some issues with its freezer, which required ordering parts.

After the freezer is installed, Faley said the operators will take roughly three weeks to train its staff before opening the doors to the public.

Faley also said the restaurant will undergo a series of inspections from both the township and the state Department of Agriculture before opening.

This would place the new opening date roughly around late January.

The new restaurant is expected to be called Roadhouse Steak and Seafood, and construction was finalized around the end of November, Faley said.

Roadhouse Steak and Seafood will include a 7,700 square-foot building and parking for 95 vehicles, Faley said. The restaurant will have room to seat 250 people and will be able to employ about 22 people.

The former Bonanza Steakhouse was destroyed by a fire in October 2013, and the property was purchased by RB Investments in late 2016 for $950,000.

The site was potential home of a Sheetz before plans fell through.

Faley said the operators of Roadhouse Steak and Seafood also run Fairgrounds Diner in Carlisle and have been offered a 10-year lease with an option to buy at the end of the lease.

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