On June 25, 2016, the Texas Roadhouse franchise announced a nationwide sale.
“We are pleased to announce that we are sold to The Texas Road House,” the franchise said on the website.
“The Roadhouse is thrilled to join forces with The Internet and its growing digital network to bring you the world’s most fun ride.”
According to a press release, the sale includes the franchise’s Texas location in Dallas, Texas, as well as its online presence.
The Texas franchise, which had operated in the U.S. since 1999, had previously said it would be closed in the state of Texas.
A day later, the website was taken down.
The news was met with outrage and confusion.
Users on Reddit quickly began calling for the Texas franchise to be shut down.
“I can’t believe we got the Texas roadhouse back in Texas!
We all knew the Roadhouse would close down,” one user wrote.
The Roadhouse, which was first launched in 1987, had operated at multiple locations in Texas, and its online website has been taken offline several times since.
In January, the Roadhouses website went dark and was not restored for nearly a month.