The Harford County Liquor Control Board Wednesday approved the liquor license for the county's first Texas Roadhouse restaurant, which is nearing completion in Fallston.
The board's approval is contingent on the restaurant receiving requisite approvals from the county health department, the state fire marshal's office and a county use and occupancy permit. The restaurant is in the Aumar Village Shopping Center in the 2400 block of Belair Road, near the intersection with Route 152.
According to a tentative schedule discussed during the liquor board's meeting in Bel Air, employees will receive alcohol awareness training later this month and, pending receiving the other necessary approvals, service to the public could begin Oct. 1.
Texas Roadhouse features hand-cut steaks, "fall off the bone ribs," homemade sides and fresh baked bread, Joseph Snee, a lawyer representing the licensee, Hospitality Steakhouse LLC, told the liquor board. Snee was joined by Aaron Hagstad, the manager/supervisor of the restaurant, and his assistant, Andrew Lovett. Also in attendance at the meeting was Aumar Village developer Michael Euler Sr.
Snee handed out food and drink menus to the five board members and their staff and also presented the board with a Texas Roadhouse flag.
The restaurant will have a Class B Fine Dining License, which is available for chain restaurants that are open for dinner only. The license permits the sale of beer, wine and liquor on the premises only.
The restaurant will have seating for 227 patrons, all indoors. Snee passed out a floor plan showing a small bar area with a few tables surrounded on three sides by a main dining room. The restaurant's kitchen area takes up a significant amount of the building.
"It is a state-of-the-art facility," Snee said. "I encourage the board to stop by."
Snee said the restaurant will employ 175 people, approximately 75 of whom will handle alcoholic beverages. He and the two managers said their policy is to card anyone under 30 and to refuse service to anyone with a vertical (under 21) Maryland driver's license.
"This is another restaurant choice for Harford County," said Snee, who pointed out the Texas Roadhouse also represents new jobs and a multi-million dollar investment in the facility.
"Welcome! I know a lot of people in Harford County are extremely excited," board member Thomas Fidler Jr. said after the board had voted, 5-0, to grant the license.