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Texas Steakhouse & Saloon closes in Martinsburg

August 14, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com
  • A blue tarp covers the sign for the Texas Steakhouse & Saloon on Foxcroft Avenue in Martinsburg, W.Va. The restaurant closed last weekend.
By Matthew Umstead, Staff Writer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Texas Steakhouse & Saloon at 927 Foxcroft Ave. has closed, the restaurant’s general manager confirmed Wednesday.

“Saturday was our last day of business,” Andrew Mason said at the restaurant.

Signs posted at the doors thank patrons for their loyalty to the company, “but unfortunately with the hard economy we have been forced to close this location.”

Mason said the 40 to 50 full- and part-time staff who worked at the restaurant received little notice of the location’s closure.

“None of us knew,” Mason said.

The notice posted on the doors advises patrons to travel to the restaurant chain’s Winchester, Va., location, where they can redeem coupons that were left in a metal bucket outside the entrance to the Martinsburg restaurant.  

Mason said the closure was simply due to a lack of sales at the Martinsburg location and had nothing to do with a health department inspection or other reason. The restaurant opened in early 2004, according to Martinsburg Planning Department records.

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The restaurant had to close June 18 after a food service inspection by the Berkeley County Health Department, but was allowed to reopen a few days later after a follow-up inspection, according to health department records.

There were 19 Texas Steakhouse & Saloon locations in North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia when they were acquired in October 2012 by New York-based Praesidian Capital, which own the Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse chain, according to a news release.

At that time, Jason Drattell, founder and managing partner of Praesidian, said Texas Steakhouse & Saloon fit the Charlie Brown’s model in its pricing, product offerings, service, and target customer base, the release said.

“We believe this regional brand has tremendous upside potential, and we know that everyone at Charlie Brown’s and TSS is excited about the opportunities the combined organization will present,” Drattell said in the release.

A company spokesperson confirmed Wednesday that 18 of the Texas Steakhouse restaurants are currently in operation.

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