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Upscale Steakhouse Chain Looks To Open Newtown Restaurant

A new steakhouse could be coming to Newtown Township.

The former Pier 2 space in the Village of Newtown.
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The Capital Grille is eyeing Newtown Township as its potential next location.

The upscale steakhouse chain has submitted a conditional use application to Newtown Township officials, according to Newtown Patch, which was first to report the news on Tuesday.

The proposal calls for The Capital Grille to take over the 8,000-square-foot former Pier 1 Imports storefront in the Village at Newtown shopping center. The location would have a bar and dining areas, Newtown Patch reported.

The Capital Grille still needs conditional use approval and a liquor license transfer, which has to be approved by the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors.

The Pier 1 Imports in the Village of Newtown closed in 2020 after the company filed for bankruptcy.

The Village of Newtown features a number of existing eateries, including Oishi, Iron Hill Brewery, KO Modern Korean Cuisine, Chopt Creative Salad Company, and Ardana Food and Drink.

The Capital Grille has more than 60 locations, including in King of Prussia, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. A Newtown Township location would be the first in Bucks County.

The Capital Grille was founded in 1990 and has been owned since 2007 by Draden Restaurants, which operates Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, LongHorn Steakhouse, Yard House, and other chains.

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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for 12 years for both newspaper and online publications. Tom’s reporting has appeared locally, nationally, and internationally across several mediums. He is proud to report on news in the county where he lives and to have created a reliable publication that the community deserves.