(CNN)Texas Roadhouse founder and CEO Kent Taylor died Thursday, in step with a post on the restaurant chain’s Facebook online page. He become 65.
“Our neighborhood and the restaurant industry misplaced a story and the Taylor family misplaced an lovely son, father and grandad this week,” stated a joint commentary from Taylor’s family and Texas Roadhouse despatched to CNN on Saturday.
The commentary stated Taylor died by suicide after a battle with Covid-19-linked symptoms, including severe tinnitus, or ringing in the ear, and his suffering had elevated in most trendy days.
Taylor had funded a clinical look to abet participants of the militia suffering with tinnitus, the commentary stated.
“Kent leaves an unmatched legacy as a folks-first leader, which is why he on the general stated that Texas Roadhouse become a folks company that factual took place to wait on steaks,” the commentary stated.
“He modified the lives of heaps of of hundreds of thousands of employees and company all over the last 28 years.”
Texas Roadhouse is essentially based entirely in Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer tweeted Thursday that town had “misplaced a essential cherished and one-of-a-kind citizen.”
“Kent’s kind and generous spirit become his fixed driver whether or no longer it become quietly serving to a friend or constructing one in every of The United States’s abundant firms in @texasroadhouse,” Fisher wrote. “He become a maverick entrepreneur who embodied the values of never giving up and placing others first. My deepest condolences to Kent’s family and heaps, many chums.”
Taylor gave up his wage from March 2020 through January 2021 and donated the funds to abet frontline restaurant employees for the interval of the pandemic, CNN affiliate WAVE reported.
A company Facebook post Friday stated: “We’re going to be able to leave out you, Kent. As a end result of you and your dream of Texas Roadhouse, we in discovering to yell we (admire) our jobs each day.” The post feeble a heart emoji as a exchange of the observe admire.
Taylor created the foundation that could well later change into Texas Roadhouse on a cocktail napkin, the family’s commentary stated.
Texas Roadhouse first opened in 1993, in step with the corporate’s web situation, and has extra than 600 locations in the United States and 10 restaurants in assorted nations.
Correction: A outdated model of this epic misstated the year Texas Roadhouse opened. It become 1993.