A Family Affair

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A Family Affair

March 15, 2017 - 19:19
The Black Family at Texas Roadhouse in Brooksville

By Kym Voorhees Raque
Special to Hernando Sun

For the Black family, working at Texas Roadhouse in Brooksville, Florida is a family affair. Mom, Linda Black, joined the store when it first opened in January, 2009, while her son, Taylor came on board 3 weeks later, and daughter Lyndsey hired on in 2012.

“When Texas Roadhouse first came to Brooksville, we didn’t know what it was. We had never heard of it, but my son who was 16 at the time, wanted to apply for a job,” said Linda Black.

Taylor didn’t want to miss the opportunity so he and his mother came to the store on the first day they were taking applications. Linda said they waited four hours outside the recruiting trailer to apply.

“I already had a job at the time but, I figured after waiting that long, I would apply, too. I wound up getting a job here as a baker. Taylor wasn’t hired at first, but they called him three weeks later and he came to work here too,” said Linda Black.

Now, 25, Taylor has been working for Texas Roadhouse for eight years. He was promoted to Kitchen Manager and was transferred to the Orlando Airport Texas Roadhouse in August of 2014. Last September, he came back to the Brooksville location where he is Kitchen Manager, and Linda’s boss.

So, what’s it like having your son as your boss? Linda says, it’s very gratifying.

“I’m extremely proud of him. He’s worked so very hard to achieve this,” said Black. “We don’t work together that often, just when I have a catering event. He’s always very helpful and works very hard.”

Lyndsey Black, 21, joined her mother and brother at Texas Roadhouse when she turned 16. She is currently a full-time student studying marine biology at Pasco–Hernando State College, and works part-time at the restaurant. Next year, she will start graduate school at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida and work with their sea life search and rescue team.

Award Winning LSM

Black says she loves her job as Local Store Marketer, a position she’s held since mid-2009, and is very passionate about the fundraisers they hold at the store.

“I really believe in paying it forward. There are a lot of people hurting out there and they need our help. If you support your community, your community will support you,” said Black.

She says one of her most memorable fundraisers was for a young Brooksville boy, Ryan Strong, who is battling cancer. The store held a fundraiser night in support of Ryan and his family.

“Our community is always very supportive. When we host a fundraiser like this, for a child or a family in need, they always come out and support us. It means a lot to the families we help not just financially, but to know that the community is behind them,” said Black.

Black’s work as LSM hasn’t gone unnoticed. She is a 2017 finalist for Local Store Marketer of the Year. She and 8 other finalists were selected from a pool of more than 500 store marketers around the country. The award recognizes the individual who has built sales and guest loyalty, and created successful outreach programs, including community involvement initiatives.

“I’m very excited and very humbled by the nomination. I’ve been nominated before, but this is my first time as a finalist,” said Black.

A Home for the Blacks

Although Lyndsey will be moving on next year, Linda and Taylor are firmly in place at Texas Roadhouse.

“Texas Roadhouse is an awesome company. The people are great and we’re treated very well. We’re one big family,” said Black.

And in Brooksville, Florida that’s most definitely the case.