Texas Roadhouse will reopen on Friday

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)- As Texas Roadhouse reopens, investigators with the Knoxville Fire Department still say it was arson.

The restaurant's insurance company is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

KFD tells us that after watching surveillance video, investigators were able to determine that Tuesday morning's fire, at the Texas Roadhouse, on Morrell Road, was intentionally set.

Now the search is on for the people behind the crime.

A $1,500 reward is being offered for any information that helps catch the accused arsonist or arsonists. If you can help, you are asked to call 865-637-1386.


Texas Roadhouse is under repair after Tuesday morning's fire. Owners say they're running specials on gift certificates at the West Knoxville location starting today through Saturday from 11am-5pm.

Knoxville firefighters spent the early morning hours fighting flames at the Texas Roadhouse restaurant on Kingston Pike.

Knoxville Fire Department Captain D.J. Corcoran tells us KPD was working traffic in the area and spotted flames coming out of the front of the restaurant around 5:30 Tuesday morning.

It looks like most of the fire was contained to the front of the restaurant near the waiting area and front lobby.

No one was working in the building when the fire started.

The majority of the the fire was contained within half an hour.

Damage is believed to be mostly in the front of the restaurant.

Investigators have been called in to pinpoint exactly where the fire started and what caused it.

Officials believe the damage is limited and the restaurant should be able to reopen. There is no timetable yet on when that might be.

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