Augusta diners will have another steakhouse to chose from this fall.
Work on a Texas Roadhouse will begin early next week beside Country Inn & Suites on Sherwood Drive, near the Washington Road intersection. The restaurant, across the street from TBonz, is expected to open in early October, making it the 11th Texas Roadhouse in Georgia, company spokesman Travis Doster said.
Interest in the Augusta area has been swirling for more than a year. The site was appealing, Doster said, because it had nearly two acres, high visibility and big box retailers close by.
“We’re not located in major cities so the Augusta size is a great match for us,” he said. “We don’t do national advertising. Our building is our advertising. It’s hard to miss.”
The 7,100-square-foot restaurant will accommodate more than 250 diners. The staff will include nearly 200 employees, with hiring expected to begin a month or two before construction is complete, Doster said. Sixty percent of the positions will be part time, he said.
The first Texas Roadhouse opened in 1993 in Indiana. There are now more than 300 restaurants across the United States.
Though TBonz and Outback Steakhouse are nearby, Doster said he isn’t concerned about competition.
“That doesn’t worry us,” he said. “We always like to say we don’t worry about other people. We just kind of focus on ourselves.”