Texas Roadhouse is an American chain restaurant that specializes in steaks and promotes a Western theme. Texas Roadhouse Corporation is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. The first restaurant was opened in Clarksville, Indiana, in 1993 at the Green Tree Mall across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky. The chain operates about 320 (July 2009) locations in 46 states. It is known for its free buckets of peanuts at each table. The company was founded on February 17, 1993, at the Green Tree Mall in Clarksville, Indiana, by Kent Taylor. Founder Kent Taylor lived in Colorado and worked at nightclubs and restaurants there, having aspirations to attend a culinary school. Kent was his own executive chef. In 1990, Taylor divorced his wife and returned to his hometown of Louisville. He began work as a Kentucky Fried Chicken manager, and had dreams to open a Colorado-themed restaurant. Former Kentucky Governor John Y. Brown, Jr.
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