NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Restaurant chain Max & Erma’s is closing 13 Midwest locations as it streamlines operations and deals with underperforming outlets.
The owner, Nashville, Tennessee-based American Blue Ribbon Holdings, says senior managers went to the restaurants in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana on Monday morning to deliver the news.
The chain’s website listed 51 locations in 10 states.
The restaurants serve burgers and beer. The first one opened in 1972 in Columbus, Ohio. The chain filed for bankruptcy protection in 2009. American Blue Ribbon bought it the next year.
According to comments on Twitter, when employees arrived at work, they were greeted by a closed door and a note to call the store.
— Steve Frye (@stevefrye) January 18, 2016
— Lisa Desprez (@msudesprez) January 18, 2016
Max and Erma’s closed. Now jobless. I’d ask what else could go wrong this month but life will probably take that as a challenge. 😅
— Samantha Malburg™ (@sammalburgg) January 18, 2016
The parent company also owns O’Charley’s and other casual-dining chains including O’Charley’s, Ninety Nine, Village Inn, and Bakers Square.
American Blue Ribbon Holdings was established in Denver in 2009 and is now headquartered in Nashville, TN.
Some fans of the chain were clearly disappointed.
NONONO max and erma’s at the village is closed😫😫
— sam altherr (@AltherrSam) January 19, 2016
Max and Erma’s in the village is closed down im crying into my empty tortilla soup bowl
— Jessie Carl (@jessie_carl) January 19, 2016