By Sally Voth
Northern Shenandoah Valley residents have another option if they're in the mood for a steak dinner.
Texas Roadhouse opened at 113 Market St., Winchester, on Monday.
Managing partner Chad Strosnider said the steakhouse is right in front of the Target and Lowe's stores.
"We've been doing really good business the last few nights, and everybody seems really happy with the steaks," he said.
While the doors opened to the public this week, some deserving diners were served last week.
"We fed all the local fire departments in Winchester and the county," Strosnider said.
According to a Texas Roadhouse news release, the firefighters ate what was cooked up by the new staff during training.
The restaurant also raised money for charity last weekend. Friday's beneficiary was Faith in Action, which drives frail and sick seniors to doctor's appointments, and Saturday's was the family of a Richmond Texas Roadhouse employee who died last month.
"We raised a bunch of money for [Faith in Action]," Strosnider said. "We wanted to make sure that we took care of [the late employee]. It was very, very successful."
About 175 employees have been hired, according to Strosnider, and applications are always accepted. He said the restaurant can accommodate about 260 diners.
According to its website, the Louisville-based steak restaurant has nearly 400 locations in all but three states, with the first one opening in 1993.
Besides steaks, the menu features salads, chicken, pork, seafood and burgers, according to the website.
"We hand cut all of our steaks in-house," Strosnider said. "We can cut any size steak you want. Fresh baked bread. Coldest beer in town. It's definitely something else. We line dance every hour on the hour."
Texas Roadhouse is open 4-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
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