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Texas Roadhouse opening this fall in Augusta

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Augusta diners will have another steakhouse to chose from this fall.

This rendering shows what the Texas Roadhouse planned for Augusta will look like.  SPECIAL
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This rendering shows what the Texas Roadhouse planned for Augusta will look like.

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.”

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dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 05/24/13 - 04:48 pm
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I hope this isn't

one of a certain poster's teasers, and that this will --unlike many of his promised businesses-- open before the Tri-centennial.

I hit the one in Columbia, and in fact took a young soldier just returning from Afghanistan for a welcome home meal. Said that and Maurice's barbeque was all he thought about on the plane ride home.

floridasun
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floridasun 05/24/13 - 05:17 pm
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Wow, this is exactly what

Wow, this is exactly what Augusta needs. Another chain restaurant on Washington Road

Darby
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Darby 05/24/13 - 06:27 pm
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"Wow, this is exactly what Augusta needs."

On the other hand, I've found it almost impossible to consistently get what you order when trying to get a really good steak in this town.

One more opportunity to try couldn't hurt, could it?

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 05/24/13 - 06:53 pm
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Yes, it's another blasted
Unpublished

Yes, it's another blasted chain. There's apparently a greater market for chains in Augusta compared to what some of us see as a genre of "decent" dining experiences, but I've been to the Texas Roadhouse in other cities...and it just isn't too bad at all..and it's reasonable.

faithson
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faithson 05/24/13 - 07:15 pm
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Good stuff

oldest son worked their for a while in FL. really good food. they have a special 'rub' that I got a hold of that was awesome. wish them the best.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/24/13 - 07:46 pm
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Patrick Swayze

I like the theme. I wonder if they have posters of Patrick Swayze in Road House on the walls?

dwb619
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dwb619 05/24/13 - 08:13 pm
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poster

I would prefer the poster to be of the blonde doctor.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/24/13 - 08:28 pm
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Doc

Doc: Do you always carry your medical record around with you?
Dalton: Saves time.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 05/24/13 - 09:09 pm
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Jobz is jobz

Chain or local, if it's a good restaurant and hires people, bring 'em to town!

dwb619
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dwb619 05/24/13 - 09:26 pm
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Pain

Pain don't hurt if you don't think about it.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/24/13 - 09:31 pm
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Just as long as the servers

Just as long as the servers don't look or talk like Sam Elliott!

dwb619
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dwb619 05/24/13 - 09:42 pm
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spares

And always buy a "beater' with trunk big enough for four spare tires.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/24/13 - 10:08 pm
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The infamous Buick Riviera!

The infamous Buick Riviera!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/24/13 - 10:19 pm
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What hath Riverman wrought?

What hath Riverman wrought? Ha, we'll all go there now and try to get into fights or something.

dwb619
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dwb619 05/24/13 - 10:34 pm
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don't

Just be sure not to put Baby in the corner.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/24/13 - 10:27 pm
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Just another ordinary

Just another ordinary steakhouse; not bad, not extraordinary. I will get a chuckle out of seeing Augustans waiting in line at this "new" place just to get something they could get at a half dozen other places. When my wife and I are up for beef; we work our way from Evans to Augusta to find one that has ready seating. They are all the same; not worth waiting in line for.

dwb619
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dwb619 05/24/13 - 10:31 pm
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Variety

Try them.
In Aiken.

harley_52
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harley_52 05/24/13 - 10:40 pm
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"They are all the same; not worth waiting in line for."

Calvert's, Chop House, Bistro 491 in Surrey Center are all a cut above the rest. Otherwise, leave town and find a Ruth's Chris.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 05/24/13 - 11:55 pm
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I eat in one in Princeton, WV

I eat in one in Princeton, WV sometimes and the food is good a reasonable.

countyman
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countyman 05/25/13 - 12:18 am
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Washington road

I don't mind if new chain restaurants open along Washington rd, because it's suburbia. They need to renovate/demolish the few older motels left, and build a couple of mid rise office/residential buildings. New sidewalks, bike lanes, and landscaping projects must begin sooner or later. The Augusta National/affiliated parties should also turn the Food Lion shopping center/Greens on Washington into hotels, Masters theme restaurant, housing, etc. The strip center replacing the gas station near Zaxbys/Texas Roadhouse, and the development in front of Kroger are coming next. The property located in front of the Publix is prime real estate. I would love to see this property become mixed-use.. The two best combinations are retail on the 1st floor, 2nd floor or 3rd floor if need for parking, and the top floors become office space. The other combination could be 1st floor retail, 2nd-3rd parking, and the top floors residential.

One of the area's in West Augusta must step up to the plate, and start going vertical. Augusta Exchange, Village at Riverwatch, Carmax area, Augusta mall, 44 acre development at Walton Way Extension/I-20, or Washington rd?? The Sheraton off Washington road, and Home2Suites in the Augusta Exchange is a good start.

The majority of local establishments should be located in the CBD, Summerville, Midtown, Surrey Center, Laney Walker, Harrisburg, etc.. There's always exceptions, because Ruth's Chris might do better opening in the CBD instead of West Augusta.

nanowerx
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nanowerx 05/25/13 - 02:33 am
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Welcome to augusta...

...where we have a chain steakhouse across the street from other chain steakhouses, and it is not only welcomed, but apparently news. ::sigh::

I mean, I know the area could use the jobs, but Jeez Augusta really needs to get more happening than just new restaurants every year. Some entertainment instead would be fantastic; we already have too many restaurants as it is and many of them are barely surviving.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 05/25/13 - 03:32 am
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Fried onion, steak and loaded

Fried onion, steak and loaded baked potato, desert. Repeat. All are pretty much the same food, quality, and service. Ruth's Cris, a slightly better, dressier version of the others, with 3x or 4x the price for the "snob factor" for folks who don't know any better. Surprisingly, the service is often iffy with a multitude of wait staff. A lot of bucks just to see a decent steak sizzle on a hot plate with butter. Ooooooo!

myfather15
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myfather15 05/25/13 - 05:48 am
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When I want a REALLY good

When I want a REALLY good steak, nothing beats buying and grilling it yourself. I've yet to find ANY restaurant that can beat doing my steaks EXACTLY like I want them. Then making a fresh salad to with it, making me want to go to the store this afternoon.

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 05/25/13 - 08:08 am
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Hey Countyman

I thought Awguster was a major city. Now I'm getting really confused again.

“We’re not located in major cities so the Augusta size is a great match for us,” he said.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/25/13 - 08:09 am
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10-4 myfather; a nice

10-4 myfather; a nice tenderloin from the Fresh Market is hard to outrun. I don't seem to have the knack for making a good salad though.

Harley, Ruths Chris steaks are not to my liking. They char the outside which gives it a burned/bitter flavor to me. I will take an Outback or Longhorn's steak over theirs any day.

It may just be my nostalgia kicking in, but some of the best steaks I've ever eaten came from the Town Tavern and Green Jacket.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/25/13 - 08:16 am
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"I mean, I know the area

"I mean, I know the area could use the jobs, but Jeez Augusta really needs to get more happening than just new restaurants every year. Some entertainment instead would be fantastic; "

Thus my comment about having a chuckle at people lined up waiting to get food at the "new" place. Eating out IS the primary entertainment for many.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 05/25/13 - 09:32 am
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Wow

Texas Roadhouse! if you get a Bonanza, I am moving back.
Bod says "Ruths Chris, a slightly better, dressier version of the others, with 3x or 4x the price for the "snob factor" for folks who don't know any better". You have obviously never been to one or the other. Nobody is that cra cra.

d1zmljqg
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d1zmljqg 05/25/13 - 10:21 am
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Catch their "Early Bird"

special dinners Mon-Thur until 6 PM for $7.99. Do most of you know they are famous for barrels of peanuts (salted in the shell) in the waiting area and serve then as they seat you at your table?

faithson
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faithson 05/25/13 - 10:23 am
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15 has it down,

best steak in town is served off my 'happy cooker', ask my wife, kids and friends... of course I am biased.

rebellious
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rebellious 05/25/13 - 10:34 am
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Best Steak in CSRA

Is served by Frank's in Waynesboro. Hands down. Starts with a highly marbled cut of meat, spices for a rub, then cokked over a charcoal fire pit. Go through town and take a right past the Lake Restaurant. Franks is on right about a mile. I sat and talked with Frank for an hour trying to pull his seasoning secret out of him. Nothing doing.

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