by ANN SCHMITZ
DULUTH, Minn.-Texas Roadhouse by Miller Hill Mall continues to bring guests in by the crowds due to its fresh food and enthusiastic customer service.
The Texas Roadhouse is approaching its one-year anniversary and is excited but not surprised that it's still a happening eatery in Duluth. As server manager Mike Hollis explains, "Our story includes fresh baked bread with our homemade honey cinnamon butter, legendary margaritas, ice cold beer, made from scratch side ideas, hand-cut steaks, fall-of-the bone ribs and phenomenal service, how can you beat that?"
The corporate-owned roadhouse prides itself on staying true to its top-quality food and great service. "When you come to the roadhouse we treat you as if you were the only one in our restaurant," said Lisa Slater, hosting manager.
Besides having Texas-sized portions of fresh food the Roadhouse has a variety of four line dances. "The upbeat servers dance to the songs: Cotton Eyed Joe, Girls Gone Wild, We're Having a Good Time and Boots," Slater said. The Texas Roadhouse servers will do the line-dances every hour. "I love the line dancing the roadie workers do. Overall it's just a fun environment," said Nicole Brinkman, a UMD student who considers herself a regular at the Texas Roadhouse.
The Roadhouse manages the high volume of guests wanting a Texas adventure, the host stand employee Rachel Heiser helped out. "We don't take reservations but we do offer call ahead seating so can place your name on our waitlist by phone or in person so you're guaranteed to taste our hot bread made fresh every five minutes," Heiser said.
Another detail that lassoes guests into the Roadhouse is how they celebrate birthdays which usually result in rosy cheeks. "We have a saddle on wheels that the birthday boy or girl sits on while the server calls the attention to the guest and the restaurant collectively yells YEE-HAWW," Slater said. "It's another fun thing that adds to our legendary restaurant."
"Texas Roadhouse has a large community involvement and does a variety of fundraisers and promotions for different causes," Hollis said. When the Duluth Zoo held Boo at the Zoo, the roadhouse handed out free appetizer coupons and free kids meals to those who dressed up. On Veteran's day if any veteran displayed military certificate they received a free meal courtesy of the Roadhouse. This weekend a group of roadies will be walking in the Christmas City of the North parade and performing several of their line dances as they walk with the Texas-sized float.
"The Roadhouse doesn't only offer you a delicious meal with great portions and fun atmosphere but they have a heart for the community as well," Hollis said.