Heartbroken staff took to social media to react, sharing a photo of Taylor and a tribute which read, “We will miss you, Kent. Because of you and your dream of Texas Roadhouse, we get to say we (love) our jobs every day” (via CNBC). Among those that also paid tribute to Taylor was sports newscaster, Dick Vitale, who wrote on Twitter, “I’m in shock as Kent Taylor loved helping others. He helped us @TheVFoundation. He supported my Gala & I had fan time when I was a keynote speaker at his annual event. My prayers go to his family & friends May Kent RIP.”
Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville, Ky., also offered his condolences to Taylor’s loved ones, saying, “Kent’s kind and generous spirit was his constant driving force whether it was quietly helping a friend or building one of America’s great companies in @texasroadhouse,” Fisher wrote. “He was a maverick entrepreneur who embodied the values of never giving up and putting others first” (via CNBC). Taylor will be succeeded by Texas Roadhouse President, Jerry Morgan.
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