Commonwealth Journal

July 30, 2013

Workers are hustling to complete Somerset’s new Texas Roadhouse

by Chris Harris
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset —

If the sight of bulldozers moving around dirt along U.S. 27 makes you salivate, you can be forgiven. It just means Texas Roadhouse is on the way.
Construction is underway on the new restaurant located in the Stonegate Centre on the south end of the busy strip, situated in between the Sleep Outfitters store and the neighboring Grand Central Place shopping center. 
Developer Brook Ping, the man responsible for helping bring Texas Roadhouse to town, said that the building project began around the time of the July 4 holiday and has steadily progressed throughout the month. 
In all, construction should take about 100 days, putting the expected completion date for the facility around the beginning of November, just in time for the holidays.
Ping confirmed that this means the restaurant’s arrival is in its “final stages,” after having gone through various deal-making and paperwork-filing processes.
“I’m excited about them coming here,” he said. “It’s going to be a great facility.”
The restaurant, which features its own bar, is sizable, a 7,000-square-foot building. It will seat over 300 people at a time, said Ping, with 170 parking places outside in the lot.
 Headquarted in Louisville, Ky., Texas Roadhouse actually has deep roots in the Bluegrass state more than the Lonestar one; 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 390 restaurant locations in 47 states. It’s renowned for its steaks, ribs, chicken, and buckets of complimentary peanuts.
Also in the works is the eagerly anticipated diner chain Steak ‘n Shake, though they’re not quite as far along in the process. Ping said that the local Steak ‘n Shake is still waiting on state approval of their plans before they can get started, and are likely “a month or two” behind Texas Roadhouse right now.
“They shouldn’t be too far behind,” noted Ping.
The developer said that there are other deals pending for possible additions to the rapidly-growing Stonegate Centre, which also features the new Kentucky Blood Center donor facility and the L&N Federal Credit Union, but no details are available at this time.
“We’re always working on some (potential deals),” said Ping.