The permitting process for a new Cookeville Texas Roadhouse restaurant has been completed.
Texas Roadhouse Vice President of Communications Travis Doster said they are currently in the process of choosing a general contractor for the location. It will be built in front of the Shoppes at Eagle Point along Interstate Drive.
“We’re really excited about the area,” Doster said. “We think it is a great fit for Texas Roadhouse. There has been a lot of excitement with the residents there.”
Doster said the original plan was to open in September, but construction for the location will face delays due to the coronavirus. There is no time frame for breaking ground.
“We are very community based,” Doster said. “We don’t do national advertising. We really want to be apart of the community. We like to be located in suburbs. That’s just what Texas Roadhouse is.”
Doster said the restaurant will provide around 170 jobs and have an economical impact of around $1.2 million annually. Texas Roadhouse selected their managing partner Jim Jolly to operate the restaurant. The restaurant hires a managing partner a year before the restaurant opens to train at other locations.
“Managing partners actually have ownership in the business, so they treat it like their own restaurant,” Doster said. “Jim’s got a long history in the restaurant business and is currently training in Alabama.”
Texas Roadhouse has nine locations in the state of Tennessee and are based out of Louisville, Kentucky.