LONE Star Rib House's decision to open in Orange is a "no-brainer", according to the chain's management.
The development application for the restaurant's fitout on Post Office Lane is still under consideration by Orange City Council but pending approval and completion, NSW general manager Gary Blyton hoped to open in December.
"We've been looking at Orange for a long time and were just waiting for the right location," he said.
When the Orange City Centre managers approached the chain almost two years ago , Mr Blyton said they knew they would do no better.
"It's just that crucial population number and it's got a track record of population growth," he said.
"It has a great average household income compared to a lot of other regions - it was a bit of a no-brainer."
Mr Blyton said Lone Star would also introduce its Brews feature, which includes a wider range of craft beer and wine on tap, but it was not aiming to be a pub.
The heritage spiral staircase taken from the former Myer building will be incorporated into a round table.
"People will be able to sit around it and try the different brews and food," Mr Blyton said.
The other business to submit a DA last week, Laser Clinics Australia, expects to open inside the shopping centre in November.
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The franchise already has an operation in Bathurst and a spokeswoman said the Orange clinic would mean further expansion.
"We anticipate appointing an Orange resident as the franchisee and look forward to employing beauty therapists and registered nurses from the region," she said.
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The first tenancies are expected to be handed over to businesses in October.
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