Steve Ortiz, chief operating officer of Texas Roadhouse, Inc., will retire effective January 12, 2015.
The company also announced the promotion of Doug Thompson to vice president of operations.
Ortiz joined Texas Roadhouse in 1996 as the market partner for the state of Texas. He was promoted to director of operations in 2001 and later to COO in 2004. Texas Roadhouse is working on an agreement with Ortiz to become a franchisee in the San Diego area.
Thompson joined Texas Roadhouse as a market partner in 2002 and was named regional market partner in 2005. Prior to Texas Roadhouse, Thompson spent 13 years as a market partner for Outback Steakhouse and Carrabba's Italian Grill.