FARMINGTON — Texas Roadhouse is bringing its style of hand-cut steaks, fall-off-the-bone ribs and made-from-scratch sides to the Four Corners.
Its Farmington location will open at 4 p.m. Monday in the Animas Valley Mall, 4601 E. Main St.
Before the public can have its first meal, the restaurant is hosting invitation-only, pre-opening events on Saturday and today to raise money for Childhaven, a local nonprofit that serves as a shelter for abused and abandoned children.
The move is part of the chain restaurant's commitment to developing an active role in the communities it serves, according to a press release from the restaurant.
"Childhaven is not only well-known and respected for their dedication to abused, neglected and abandoned children, their mission also aligns with our values," said Ben Landin, managing partner for the Farmington location, in the press release.
Landin declined to comment further about the restaurant when reached by phone on Friday.
Last week, the restaurant's team members treated guests at the Connelly Hospitality House and the Four Corners Foundation's People Assisting the Homeless shelter, as well as local police officers and firefighters, to meals, according to the press release.
Jamie Church, development director for the Childhaven Foundation, said children at the shelter were also treated to a Texas Roadhouse lunch on Wednesday and were "excited" about the meals.
"I'm very excited they wanted to partner with Childhaven," Church said, adding that it shows the restaurant's commitment to the community.
Church was among those invited to Texas Roadhouse on Saturday, and she has heard "the buzz" around the city in anticipation of its opening, along with the jobs it will create.
According the Texas Roadhouse's press release, the restaurant will bring 192 jobs to Farmington.
Audra Winters, president of the Farmington Chamber of Commerce, said the restaurant will add to the city by providing residents and visitors another option for dining.
"We're real excited to have them in town," Winters said.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the restaurant will take place at noon on Monday.
The company's first restaurant opened in 1993 in Clarksville, Ind. The chain now includes more than 420 locations in 49 states and four international locations.
The Farmington location will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Another Farmington restaurant is also preparing to open its doors. Buffalo Wild Wings, which is located on the corner of Main Street and Hutton Avenue, is schedule to open in July.Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @nsmithdt on Twitter.