Texas Roadhouse reopens near West Town Mall

Texas Roadhouse reopens near West Town Mall

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Texas Roadhouse closed after a fire, which officials ruled was arson, broke out in the front of the building. Texas Roadhouse closed after a fire, which officials ruled was arson, broke out in the front of the building.
"It really made us take a lot more pride in our store in actually cleaning it up, scrubbing the floors, the walls, the equipment and everything," said manager Amanda Cramer. "It really made us take a lot more pride in our store in actually cleaning it up, scrubbing the floors, the walls, the equipment and everything," said manager Amanda Cramer.
Texas Roadhouse reopened Friday morning. Texas Roadhouse reopened Friday morning.
"It's been very stressful to think of where I'm going to be able to come up with my rent money and my gas money, but Roadhouse took care of us, so I'm very thankful for that," explained server Mary Baldwin. "It's been very stressful to think of where I'm going to be able to come up with my rent money and my gas money, but Roadhouse took care of us, so I'm very thankful for that," explained server Mary Baldwin.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Texas Roadhouse in West Knoxville reopened Friday after receiving damage in a fire.

Crews finished up the work Thursday thanks to lots of hard work of the restaurant's workers.

Employees have been busy making repairs since last Tuesday. That's when a fire, intentionally set, left the front of the restaurant damaged.

Texas Roadhouse reopened Friday morning and some regulars were waiting when the doors opened.

The restaurant staff is now thanking the Knoxville Fire Department, without whom, they say, the damage could have been much worse.

"This whole building, you can see how much wood is around here in Texas Roadhouse, and if it wasn't for the firefighters getting here so quickly and fighting it so quickly, we might have lost the whole thing, so we owe everything to them," said Texas Roadhouse managing partner Ginny Matteson.

The past week and a half went by in a flash for the staff.

"There was so much to be done and we did accomplish that extremely fast. So the pace was really quick and it went by really fast, but its so great to open things up again and have things be the way we like them to be," Matteson added.

The crew helped clean the restaurant after the fire and get everything organized for the reopening.

"It really made us take a lot more pride in our store in actually cleaning it up, scrubbing the floors, the walls, the equipment and everything. So it's a lot of team bonding. We turned on some music and just had a good time and I think it's going to make us even more prideful of our store now," said manager Amanda Cramer.

Being back at work was a relief for one server.

"It's been very stressful to think of where I'm going to be able to come up with my rent money and my gas money, but Roadhouse took care of us, so I'm very thankful for that," explained server Mary Baldwin.

Reopening wasn't just about getting back to work. It was also a chance to say thank you to the firefighters who made sure they had a place to come back.

"Typically, we're in and out before they have a chance to see what's actually happened, and we are greatly appreciative of Texas Roadhouse. They've gone above and beyond to show us their gratitude for what we did. We do this because we love to do it," said Cpt. Buddy Parker of the Knoxville Fire Department.

Until close on Friday, ten percent of all purchases, including gift cards, goes to the Knoxville Firefighter's Association.

The Knoxville Fire Department says there are still no suspects in their investigation.

They are asking anyone with information to contact the local arson division at 865-637-1386.

A $1,500 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

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