The Big Texan Steak Ranch, located along the legendary Route 66 in Amarillo, has become an icon in Texas because it is Texas to generations of cross-country travelers. “We’ve been very fortunate that the Big Texan has always been a phenomenon,” said Bobby Lee, the son of founder R.J. “Bob” Lee. “We grew up in the carnival business so it’s perfect; this is all we’ve ever known.” Year founded: 1960 Founder: R. J. “Bob” ...

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