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Capital Grille offers ‘comfort food’ LTO

ORLANDO Fla. The Capital Grille is offering a four-course, prix fixe dinner featuring a series of “comfort foods with a gourmet twist,” the upscale steakhouse chain said last week.

The dinner, priced at $49 per person, is a limited-time offer and available at all Capital Grille restaurants through Feb. 28. The menu consists of an appetizer, second course, entrée and dessert. To begin, The Capital Grille offers a cup of homemade tomato and fennel soup served with miniature grilled mozzarella, prosciutto and basil sandwiches. A second course salad is then served with cherry tomatoes, radishes, carrots, hard-boiled egg and Russian dressing.

Achoice of three “reinvented” entrees, including braised Wagyu short rib with Gruyere crust, lobster and shrimp potpie or tournedos of beef Wellington, are also on the menu. All are served with gratin horseradish potatoes. Dessert is a choice of carrot cake with ice cream and cinnamon honey or handcrafted ice cream and cookies.

The promotion comes amid difficult traffic and sales trends for many high-end steakhouse chains, including Morton’s and Ruth’s Chris. The Capital Grille, which boasts 40 units and is a division of Darden Restaurants Inc., also has been suffering. For the second quarter of Darden’s fiscal 2010, ended Nov. 29, 2009, Capital Grille’s total sales fell 3 percent to $59 million and its year-to-year same-store sales fell 14.2 percent.

Contact Elissa Elan at [email protected].

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