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Ponderosa Steakhouse

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Ponderosa Steakhouse was a steakhouse located at 520 S. Walnut Street in Bloomington. It is part of a national chain of steakhouse buffets. It was closed in July of 2006, and its building has since been converted into the Bloomington Main Post Office.


  • The Ponderosa Steakhouse chain was started in 1963 by Dan Blocker, who played the major character Eric "Hoss" Cartwright on the TV series Bonanza. The TV show Bonanza was used by RCA to try to spur sales of color television sets, which were manufactured in Bloomington.

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