Texas Roadhouse donates training food

By Rose Schneider

The newest edition to Manhattan’s dine out market, Texas Roadhouse, doesn’t open until 4 p.m., Monday. But the restaurant has already been doing a lot of behind the scenes work, not just for itself but also for the community.

Texas Roadhouse donated all the meals made during training — roughly 120 meals Monday and Tuesday and 100 meals between Wednesday and Thursday — to local organizations including the Riley County Police Department, Mercy Hospital, the Flint Hills Bread Basket, Manhattan Emergency Center and the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club.

“We’re unique in the sense that we give the meals from training back to the community,” said Misty Willinger, marketing manager. “Everything we do is geared toward the community.”

In addition to food donations earlier in the week, Texas Roadhouse also collected money for the Flint Hills Breadbasket during its friends and family nights held Friday and Saturday.

“It is an honor to help support an organization that has worked tireless to help this community for so long,” said Jeffrey Walters, managing partner.

“Some of the things that make us memorable are the peanut shell covered floors, our fresh baked bread every five minutes, all of our daily handmade sides and dressings and our butcher room, where our steaks are cut every day,” said Willinger.

The restaurant’s opening brought 180 new jobs to the area, hiring cooks, meat cutters, servers and hosts.

The Manhattan Texas Roadhouse is the third to open in Kansas; two others are located in Topeka and Wichita.

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