SYCAMORE – Texas Roadhouse in Sycamore is expected to serve its first steak in October.
On Wednesday, managing partner Steven Boals said he decided to push back opening the restaurant from late June to October because he wanted a specific team from the steakhouse chain to train the new staff members.
But if it weren't for waiting on trainers currently spread across the country, Boals said the restaurant at 1950 DeKalb Avenue would likely be gearing up to open now.
“It's for the most part done,” Boals said, pointing to the interior of the restaurant emitting the smell of the cedar wood that lined the booths and walls. "I feel fine, and I'm excited for the opening."
Like other Texas Roadhouse restaurants, the space also is filled with tin, fake cactus plants and mounted animals. The bar area, Boals said, is a little different than some of the other 400 locations the Lousville, Kentucky-based chain operates. Unlike others that have an overhang above the bar, his boasts a large star outlined in blue neon lights.
Boals plans to hire about 180 people for the 270-seat restaurant. Hiring will start in August, about eight weeks from the time the restaurant will open. Those interested will be able to apply online and in-person, he said.
He said one benefit of delaying the opening is he will be able to hire people in the restaurant rather than in a trailer.
"They'll be able to come in and actually see the restaurant," Boals said.
The restaurant will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 4 to 11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
The former tenant in the space, Johnny’s Charhouse, closed in May after 15 years at that location.