Sizzler Steakhouse Planning Chicago Return

09/30/2011 08:35 am ET | Updated Nov 29, 2011

Sizzler, a “family-casual” steakhouse chain that once boasted more than 700 locations worldwide, is mapping a return to Chicago.

Culver City, Calif.-based Sizzler USA says it wants to open 18 restaurants in the Chicago area over the next five years, with the first location slated to open within the next 18 months. The expansion is part of a nationwide effort by the company to breathe life into a brand that, until recently, has done more fizzling than sizzling, with just 179 of the original Sizzler outlets still open; none is in Chicago.

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