Family-friendly Texas Roadhouse sets its sights on Altoona for a new steakhouse

A view of the Texas Roadhouse in Columbus, Indiana.
A view of the Texas Roadhouse in Columbus, Indiana.

Texas Roadhouse plans to open its first location in the Des Moines metro's eastern suburbs in Altoona.

Amanda Norton, a spokesperson for Texas Roadhouse, confirmed that the steakhouse chain hopes to start construction on an Altoona location at the end of the month. The city council approved a site plan earlier this month for 2363 Adventureland Drive, west of the Cinemark movie theater.

An opening date has not been announced.

According to a city memo, the site will include an outdoor patio with 32 seats overlooking a pond.

The cactus bloom at Texas Roadhouse.
The cactus bloom at Texas Roadhouse.

Texas Roadhouse, home of all-you-can-eat peanuts, features a menu filled with yeast bread with honey cinnamon butter, slabs of ribs, cactus blooms, fried chicken and of course steaks, which account for 44% of the menu. The top seller is the 6-ounce USDA Choice sirloin.

Novelty decor lines the walls and each location contains a mural that reflects the local community. The upbeat staff often launches into impromptu line dancing performances. Outside the wooden façade, massive Texas state and American flags fly. Families tend to wait in long lines for a table at the restaurant.

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Texas Roadhouse currently has locations at 8744 Northpark Drive, which is in Urbandale but has a Johnston mailing address, and at 6378 Mills Civic Pkwy. in West Des Moines. This newest location becomes the eighth in the state.

The steakhouse chain got its start in 1993 when owner Kent Taylor opened the first Texas Roadhouse in Clarksville, Indiana. The company, based in Louisville, now has more than 580 locations across 49 states and another 22 in foreign countries. On average, Texas Roadhouse serves around 5,000 customers a week at each location

A top sirloin, side of corn and salad at Texas Roadhouse.
A top sirloin, side of corn and salad at Texas Roadhouse.

Clarification: This piece has been updated to properly situate the Texas Roadhouse at 8744 Northpark Drive. It has a Johnston address but is within the city of Urbandale. 

Susan Stapleton is the entertainment editor at The Des Moines Register. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter or drop her a line at

Chris Higgins covers the eastern suburbs for the Register. Reach him at or 515-423-5146 and follow him on Twitter @chris_higgins_.

This article originally appeared on Des Moines Register: Texas Roadhouse opening in Altoona, IA; construction starts in summer