Glasgow’s Ponderosa Steakhouse will close its doors for good Monday night only to reopen in May as Colton’s Steakhouse and Grill.

Ponderosa Manager Doug Landers signed a multi-store deal on Thursday with Colton’s owner Bobby Fain, which will allow for multiple locations in southcentral Kentucky.

The Glasgow eatery will be the first for the franchise in the state of Kentucky. Colton’s is a regional chain with locations in Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee, according to the company Web site.

Ponderosa has served the local community since opening its doors in 1990.

“I have been very happy where we were at with Ponderosa,” Landers said. “We’ve had a very good success story here and things, but our community has lost so much in the last few years to competition from surrounding communities. There’s a ton of restaurants where a lot of people go to eat. My intention is to change (Ponderosa) to a Colton’s, which is a very nice, sit-down restaurant, full service, that I think will keep some of our business locally here in Glasgow.”

Colton’s Web site describes the restaurant as “a steakhouse anyone could walk into and feel at home, have fun, relax, eat delicious food and enjoy excellent service in an atmosphere with the feel of the American West. Its first store opened in Conway, Ark., in August of 1996.

“We started out targeting small, mid-size markets that tended to be underserved by the national chains,” Fain said. “That was our objective when we started.”

Landers said he began speaking with Fain about bringing the franchise to Glasgow a little more than six months ago.

The restaurant’s menu, of which Landers said he has tried about 80 percent, was the true selling point.

“That’s one of the things that persuaded me to go with Colton’s ... that the menu is extremely good, very good quality items and everything,” he said.

The menu consists of steaks, chicken entrees, grilled salmon, shrimp, seafood and smoked ribs, according to Fain.

Landers said the restaurant will also have a full-service bar and the seating capacity, presently at 300, will be reduced to around 200.

What will increase, according to Landers, is the staff. He said his present employee base of 45 can come back once Colton’s opens its doors, which he said he hopes is no later than Mother’s Day.

“We anticipate hiring over another extra 100 people beyond what we have here on staff when we reopen,” Landers said. “What I’m most excited about is bringing something new to Glasgow.”

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