Texas Lone Star turns black and blue

New steak house to take over on the terrace


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Famed for their ribs and margaritas, Texas Lone Star sadly closed its doors on Sunday 30th October 2005 and speculation about what could possibly replace this much loved eatery has been rife ever since. 

Well now the wait is over.  Steak house chain Black & Blue are to move into the Turnham Green Terrace premises but not for a while as an extensive refurbishment will precede the opening.

A spokesperson for Black & Blue, who was somewhat alarmed that word had already got out, said that the Chiswick branch was last on the list of three new planned restaurants.

According to their website, Black and Blue has been at the forefront of steak restaurants since the first one opened in Notting Hill, July 2000 now there are 3 more Wigmore Street, Gloucester Road and Haverstock Hill.

Black and Blue outlets emulate style, where an iroko wood façade is set off by a green glass canopy and illuminating flaming torches with sliding wood and glass doors opening for warmer days. Internally marbled- topped tables, leather backed seating, plenty of wood-panelled walls, stone-tiled floors and, at Notting Hill elegant steel bar stools which a small marble- topped eating counter, on which rests colourful, fragrant, fresh flowers.

While running Tootsies burger restaurant in 1973 ( Alan Bacon Managing Director), felt there was nowhere to get a decent steak except in a hotel. The best beef houses in London were very expensive. What Black and Blue offers is quality and a reasonable price. Alan is only too aware of the need to keep standards high, "We source what we think is the best beef in the country".

The meat in question is traditionally reared and grass-fed Scottish beef and the very best animal husbandry practices are keenly observed.


April 13, 2006