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December 4, 2013

Texas Roadhouse to open Dec. 9

Donating prepared practice food to local service organizations

Somerset —

It’s Christmastime, and while a star is going on the top of the downtown tree, a taste of the Lonestar state will soon be going in local stomachs.
Texas Roadhouse is set to officially open for business on Monday, December 9 — so close to now, you can practically smell the food wafting over from South U.S. 27 already.
Some people in the community are getting an early taste, however — and they are those who need it the most. This week, while the restaurant is training its new staff, all the practice food being prepared is being donated to local service organizations within the community.
That includes local police and firefighters, as well as other operations dedicated to helping those in times of trouble.
According to Amanda Loucks, LMS (Local Store Marketing) Coach for Texas Roadhouse, on Monday, the restaurant delivered the food it had made to the Bethany House Abuse Shelter, as well as the responders’ headquarters. On Tuesday, they drove it over to God’s Food Pantry, to help the local food bank supplant its stock in providing food for the less fortunate during this holiday season.
Texas Roadhouse is also donating its prepared food to the Somerset Community Mission and the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce. 
“We’re all about giving back to the community,” said Loucks. “We don’t pay for sponsorships. We don’t pay for television (spots) or advertising. We just go and give anything (to the community) that they need.”
Texas Roadhouse may draw on the food from down south, but it’s actually a Bluegrass business, headquartered in Louisville, Ky. It was founded by native Kentuckian Kent Taylor, who formerly managed a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant. The company was founded in 1993 in Clarksville, Ind., and now operates over 400 restaurant locations in 48 states. It is renowned for its steaks, ribs, chicken, and buckets of complimentary peanuts.

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