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August 19, 2013

Texas Roadhouse expected to open in October

As summer rapidly draws to a close, there's more than just fall on the way for Rochester.

The long-anticipated Texas Roadhouse restaurant is expected to open for business in October, according to the Louisville, Ky.-based chain's website. They also have openings scheduled in Atlanta, Georgia and Kuwait City that month.
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The restaurant has rapidly taken shape this summer in the parking lot in the Northwest Plaza shopping center, in front of Sam's Club.

With the hoped-for opening date coming up quickly, construction is running full-tilt through the week and into the weekend.

Texas Roadhouse's ride into Rochester has been a long one that's taken many detours over the years.

In 2008, it came close to opening a restaurant inside the Miracle Mile Shopping Center, but that deal never quite worked out.

The Western-flavored chain kept hunting for a home in Rochester and it finally locked in the spot in the Northwest Plaza in early 2012. The Rochester Planning and Zoning Commission approved it in February of that year.

Discussions with neighbor Sam's Club later hit a snag and it looked like that the Roadhouse would need to start looking for another place to build.

Then a few months later, a deal was worked out to clear the way for construction to start this summer.

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