Texas Roadhouse was founded in Clarksville, Indiana in 1993 by W. Kent Taylor.
Taylor had previously started a restaurant named Buckhead Hickory Grill in 1991 but problems with the partnership caused him to look for investors and start over.
By the end of 1999 there were 67 Texas Roadhouse restaurants
In 2004 the restaurant chain went public, trading on the NASDAQ under the symbol TXRH.
Most restaurants offer line dancing and waiters and waitresses must learn line dances to popular songs in order to entertain diners. The restaurants are known for their free buckets of peanuts on the tables.
Texas Roadhouse has more than 400 owned or franchised locations in 48 states. The restaurants have a Southwestern theme and serve ribs, steaks, chicken, pork, and seafood entrees.
Texas Roadhouse has 45,700 employees and had $1.42 billion in revenue in 2013.