Texas Roadhouse, a national chain specializing in steak and southwest cuisine, is planning to open a long-rumored location in Toms River.
The Toms River Township council on Wednesday approved the transfer of a liquor license from a holding company established by a New York City real estate broker, to Texas Roadhouse Holdings.
The license applies to the premises at 1201 Hooper Avenue, according to a legal notice, however Texas Roadhouse lists the address of its future Toms River location at 1250 Hooper Avenue – currently home to the B2 restaurant on the opposite side of the road – in a series of job listings. Shorebeat has reached out to the company to clarify the future location, however a response has not yet been received. The liquor license was transferred to its new owner without a change to its licensed address, suggesting the restaurant would be located within the mall property.
Texas Roadhouse, based in Louisville, Ky., operates more than 600 locations in 49 states. The Toms River restaurant would be its fist in Ocean County; the nearest restaurants currently open are located in Howell, Holmdel and Hamilton townships.
According to the company’s website, menu items feature hand-cut steaks, ribs, and “country dinners” including pulled pork, fried sirloin and pork chops. The restaurant also serves shrimp and country-style chicken dishes. The chain also boasts a large beer selection and 15 varieties of margaritas. About half of the menu is dedicated to steak dishes.
Texas Roadhouse was founded in Clarksville, Indiana, in 1993, by Kent Taylor. The company prides itself on partnering with nonprofit organizations in the areas it serves, especially veterans’ organizations.