Building Anchorage: Texas Roadhouse

Erik Hill

WHAT: Texas Roadhouse is based in Louisville, Kentucky. The company's first restaurant opened in 1993. In the last twenty years, they have expanded to more than 400 locations. According to their website, the restaurant chain is "famous for its hand-cut steaks, fall-off-the-bone ribs, made-from-scratch sides, and fresh-baked bread."

"The walls of each Texas Roadhouse are adorned with murals that are created specifically for each restaurant. The paintings are designed to reflect the local community. Each mural is still approved by Kent Taylor, the founder and chairman of Texas Roadhouse," it said.

Most stores have 7 murals. 6 of the murals are designed to reflect the local community. The specific community murals that have been chosen for the Anchorage restaurant so far are: Alaska Aces hockey, bears, Mt. McKinley, bald eagles and salmon fishing. One mural is always of a Native American Indian. When three of the first four locations in the chain closed, the one that stayed open and did well had a mural of a distinguished-looking Native American in it. Founder Kent Taylor believes that it brings good luck, so that mural is always used in every Texas Roadhouse location. The chain has used the same artist, Dave Carter, to paint the murals for the past 20 years.

If there are any local artists interested in displaying their work in the restaurant, they may contact the managing partner, Scott Snyder at

WHERE: 1154 N. Muldoon Road, in Tikahtnu Commons

DESIGN/ARCHITECT: Greenberg Farrow; Julie Wehmeyer

GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Kelley Construction Inc. Project Manager: David Ross. Superintendent: Dan Enstrom

SUBCONTRACTORS: Testing Agent: Dowl HKM; Sitework: B.C. Excavating LLC; Concrete: Graff Contracting; Paving & Surfacing: Ron Webb Paving Inc.; Masonry: Denny's Construction, Cedar Supplier: Westwood Lumber in Lafayette, Ind.; Rough Carpentry: Spenard Builders Supply; Doors/Frames/Hardware: Commercial Door & Hardware in Paducah, Ky.; Glass: Replacement Glass Co.; Drywall: Wallboard Solutions; Tile: W&W Company of Alaska Inc.; Insulation: Alas-Co General; Fire Protection: Affordable Alaskan Fire Protection LLC; HVAC: Anchorage Sheet Metal; Refrigeration: Polar Refrigeration; Plumbing: KLEBS; Electric: Marshall's Electric

WHY: "I see a need for the people of Alaska to experience our legendary food and legendary service! We will have our Alaska flag flying and we included the state of Alaska in our logo," said Scott Snyder, Managing Partner, Anchorage.

WHEN: The tentative opening is Spring 2014. They will be accepting applications and conducting interviews starting March 1 and expect to hire close to 200 employees. The hours for the restaurant are 4-11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. Another restaurant is planned in South Anchorage later in 2014, but a location has not been named yet.

Information compiled by Joy Guest. Have you driven by a construction project lately in Anchorage, Eagle River or Mat-Su and wondered, "What is that going to be?" It might be a potential candidate for this feature. If you have a project to suggest, call Joy Guest at 257-4315 or email

Building Anchorage -- Texas Roadhouse


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