The original Texas Roadhouse opened in Indiana in 1993. | Photo by Clarksville, IN Texas Roadhouse
It’s hard to imagine anything local about Texas Roadhouse with “Texas” in the name, but the steakhouse chain with 600+ locations across the US (and nine around the world) actuallygot its start four miles from downtown LOU.
In February 1993, founder and Louisville-native Kent Taylor opened the first Texas Roadhouse in Clarksville, IN inside Green Tree Mall — which back then had a stage for concerts where the bar is today. He wanted to create an affordable Texas-style restaurant offering hand-cut steaks, ribs, scratch-made sides, and of course, ice cold beer.
After being turned down nearly 80 times trying to raise money for his concept, three Elizabethtown, KY doctors provided $300,000 in capital funding. By the end of 1999, there were 67 locations in operation.
Bonus: One of those 80 let downs was by basketball Hall of Famer Larry Bird. Kent tried to sell him the idea after chasing him through an airport.
Today, Texas Roadhouse’s headquarters are in Louisville — you’ve probably seen the logo on its office building driving along I-264 near Breckenridge Lane. It also opened a couple other concepts like the sports bar-style restaurant Bubba’s 33(also in Clarksville) and fast-casual chicken and burger chain Jaggers, which has 12 stores in the US.
Aside from originating in the Greater Louisville area, Texas Roadhouse localizes its restaurants much like how Trader Joe’s localizes its stores — with murals. Each Roadhouse location has unique murals among the Southwest decor to reflect the local community. See: The Outer Loop location has a painting of a Kentucky Wildcat and Louisville Cardinal playing cards together in the bar area.
After Hours at the Speed | Friday, Jan. 20 | 5-10 p.m. | Speed Art Museum, 2035 S. 3rd St., Louisville | $20 | See the final days of the Alphonse Mucha Art Nouveau exhibit and check out out the rest of the museum after hours with art making, a live jazz band, and food from Wiltshire Pantry.
The Local Seltzery One-Year-Anniversary | Friday, Jan. 20 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | The Local Seltzery, 828 E. Main St., Louisville | Free | Celebrate this seltzer bar’s birthday with buy one get one free drink specials, music, food, and giveaways.
Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular | Friday, Jan. 20 | 8 p.m. | The Brown Theatre, 315 W. Broadway, Louisville | $26.03-$91.55 | Celebrate the music of Elvis at this era-by-era tribute concert.
DJ Night | Friday, Jan. 20 | 10 p.m. | The Pearl, 1151 Goss Ave., Louisville | Free | Bust a move at this neighborhood bar with Deep Eddy vodka specials.
Saturday, Jan. 21
Introduction to Adobe Creative Suite | Saturday, Jan. 21 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | South Central Library, 7300 Jefferson Blvd., Louisville | Free | Learn the basics of this creative tool used for digital media, illustrations, and photography.
Shakespeare in the Libraries: “Twelfth Night” | Saturday, Jan. 21 | 2-3 p.m. | South Central Library, 7300 Jefferson Blvd., Louisville | Free | See a two-actor performance of the bard’s romantic comedy with audience participation.
January Biergarten | Saturday, Jan. 21 | 6-10 p.m. | German American Club, 1840 Lincoln Ave., Louisville | Free | Dig into classic German food and sip pints of beer while listening to live music.
Sunday, Jan. 22
Hot Buns Brunch Pop-up | Sunday, Jan. 22 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Square Cut, 741 Oak St., Louisville | Free | Dig into hot buns and Filipino brunch dishes while listening to hip hop jams.
Fill a Bag | Sunday, Jan. 22 | 12-6 p.m. | What the Lou, 1101 Goss Ave., Louisville | Free | Choose between two different bag sizes for $8 or $15 and fill it with tees, hats, outerwear, and more.
Family Friendly Silent Disco | Sunday, Jan. 22 | 2-5 p.m. | TEN20 Craft Brewery, 1020 E. Washington St., Louisville | Free | Dance as a whole family to kid-friendly tunes with a portion of proceeds benefiting AMPED Louisville.
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WFPK’s radio hosts are sharing their music know-how in new online columns. “Independent Louisville!” host Mel Fisher shares notable music from iconic movies and TV shows in her feature called “SoundTrax” — like Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5.” Otis Junior, John Timmons, and Laura Shine have columns, too.
Tinned fish is still so hot right now. Morning Brew cited it as the “hottest new extremely old trend” thanks to TikTokers tinned fish date night videos. Get a taste of the hype at the recently opened Canary Club in Shelby Park. We suggest the Fishwife Smoked Salmon Chili Crisp. 🥫
Next week, the Louisville Ballet’s choreographer’s showcase, “CHORSHOW,” hits the stage. The show features new, innovative works by five ballet artists and is performed at the Louisville Ballet’s Main Street studio. Tickets are $35 and shows run from Wednesday, Jan. 25-Sunday, Jan. 29. 🩰
Frankfort Avenue’s Eatz Vietnamese Restaurant is ringing in the Lunar New Year with Hennessy. Today through Sunday, Jan. 22 the restaurant has bottles of Hennessy XO — a cognac aged at least six years — it will be selling for $10 a shotor $250 for the bottle.
Brrr — it’s cold in here. Warm up with bourbon-infused sips and snacks from these 10+ places in LOU. 🥃 *
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