This fall, people in Harford County will have a new restaurant to visit, a national franchise that is coming to the county for the first time.
Texas Roadhouse is expected to open Oct. 1 in Fallston's Aumar Village, a new shopping center being built at Routes 1 and 152, according to Adam Osborn, managing partner of the restaurant.
The timing was right for the restaurant, which will be the first Texas Roadhouse in Harford County, Osborn said. He said he previously spent eight years living in Abingdon and had been looking in the Harford area for a future restaurant location.
"It was just a great fit for a restaurant to go right there," he added about the Fallston site.
Although he has been in the food business for many years, Osborn has only been with Texas Roadhouse for seven months, but chose the restaurant because of their community service.
Not only is their philosophy "legendary food, legendary service," but also Osborn said Texas Roadhouse is very "community involved."
"They're absolutely about giving back to the community," he added.
Already, Osborn said they have set up two invitation only VIP nights on training days, Sept. 29 and Sept. 30, with proceeds to benefit Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.
The restaurant will also have a mural and a plaque about Fallston's popular Annie's Playground, and Osborn said he has been talking to local schools about fundraising efforts.
Even with several restaurants in the area, Osborn said Texas Roadhouse will stand out with their hand-cut steaks and made-from-scratch sides.
"We feel we are just very unique in our service," he said. "It's a down home feeling and we just cater to the customer, we take care of them."
This Monday, July 16, Osborn said they will start hiring for the restaurant, which will employ between 160 and 175 people. Those interested can stop by 2309 Belair Road, suite A, in Fallston between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.