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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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harley_52
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harley_52 05/25/13 - 09:36 am
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The First Essential....

...to a really good steak is the grade of the beef. If it's not USDA Prime, it's not the best. Only a couple of places in Augusta serve USDA Prime beef and none of them are the chain steakhouses. Lots of places DO serve Prime beef, but not many in Augusta. Ruth's Chris does. Smith & Wollensky does. Lots of famous steak houses in major cities do. I'm not saying you can't get a pretty good steak at one of these local chains...you can. But, it's hit and miss. You can't get a USDA Prime steak at one of them so you're already behind the eightball, so to speak.

harley_52
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harley_52 05/25/13 - 09:40 am
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As Far As Buying USDA Prime Beef...

....to take home and prepare for yourself...good luck with that. I don't know of any grocery store that sells it in Augusta. Maybe there's a specialty butcher shop where you can buy it, but I haven't found one. You can buy USDA Choice beef in lots of places, but it's not as good as Prime. Again, you CAN get a good Choice steak, but not as good as Prime.

Once you've got the best beef, next is how to prepare it. If it's not cooked right, it won't be a good steak regardless the grading of the meat.

All in my humble opinion, of course.

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Augusta resident 05/25/13 - 10:06 am
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VAR

Why couldn't it be built at VAR? Why put it right between Outback and T-Bonz? Longhorns is right down the road also. Oh well, none of them have a good steak. The best way to go is get a steak from Fresh Market and grill it at home, YUM!

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Augusta resident 05/25/13 - 10:11 am
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itsanotherday

itsanotherday is right, there will be a 2 hour wait for a long time. Maybe a couple months. I'll wait til that's all over.

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Riverman1 05/25/13 - 10:27 am
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Aging Steaks?

What's this about aged steaks being the best? I saw something on the food channel about this popular New York City steak restaurant that aged all steaks for weeks at relatively high temperatures. It seemed counter intuitive, but they claimed the protein begins to break down (rot, heh) and that makes the steak more tender.

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Augusta resident 05/25/13 - 11:44 am
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how bout

How about a Dave and Busters, Joes Crab Shack or White Castle?

harley_52
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harley_52 05/25/13 - 12:15 pm
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Aging Meat...

Is a process that's been around for a long time. Most of the really great steak houses age their beef. I have always heard that it's done at temperatures around 38 degrees F., but I'm no expert and I've never even tried it at home. Back when I was into deer hunting, we used to hang our dressed deer in a cooler, or even a cool barn, for a few days before cutting them up for freezing. It seemed to help.

harley_52
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harley_52 05/25/13 - 12:18 pm
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I'd Love To See...

....a White Castle open up in Augusta. Krystals are somewhat similar, but not quite the same. When I was stationed in Germany in the late 70s - early 80s, Mrs. Harley used to bring White Castles to Germany when she returned from visits back to the States.

harley_52
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harley_52 05/25/13 - 12:29 pm
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What Is...

....VAR?

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 05/26/13 - 09:21 am
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VAR

The vacant lots surrounding Costco where Bass Pro Shops was suppose to be the anchor store but fell through.

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LeConteSkier 05/28/13 - 10:02 am
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Something for everybody

I am excited to see the Texas Roadhouse finally come here. It's an easy decision, if I want a chain I head toward West Augusta or Evans and if I want a great local organic meal I head downtown or Aiken where there are numerous amazing upscale or cafe type local places. 10 new local organic type places have or is opening in Augusta this year around Downtown and Summerville. Y'all act like all Augusta has or ever gets is chain restaurants and that is far from the truth. Y'all just need to venture past your Columbia County West Augusta bubble in the great world beyond Washington Wheeler road sometimes. I can assure you Frog Hollow would fail miserably in Evans or Washington Road as they need foot traffic to survive which is why in any city you find chains along the major Roads like Washington Road and in the suburbs and local trendy places in their downtowns and urban neighborhoods.

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angedelune 08/30/13 - 12:41 pm
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good

any growth in the area is good. more growth = more jobs = better economy. I'm proud of all the stuff Augusta is getting. The next few years should be a boom!!

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