Bonefish Grill in Avon closes

June 18, 2007
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Is Indy losing its status as a chain-restaurant darling? Another popular restaurant has closed, this time the Bonefish Grill in Avon.Bonefish Other area Bonefish Grill restaurants remain open. The concept is owned by Tampa-based OSI Restaurant Partners, which also has Outback, Carrabba's and Cheeseburger in Paradise. Another Florida-based restaurant company, Darden Restaurants, decided in May to close several restaurants in Indiana, including Bahama Breeze, Smokey Bones and Rocky River Grillhouse.
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  • i'm sorry for any employees of bonefish, but if it means indianapolis is becoming less of a chain city, then i'm fine with it closing. again, just bring us one last chain - jamba juice!
  • There are a lot of reasons individual locations of chains close: 1) I don't think some of them have the south city figured out even though it seems like Castleton south. 2) I've heard rumors that Bonefish has some, um, problems. So, it could be a variety of issues.

    And just like any other corporate business, HQ is always adjusting profitability requirements,. Those locations that can't execute don't make the cut. Darden has actually done what others couldn't -- figure out how to make some serious money off the chain restaurant business. They optimize a concept (like Smokey Bones), close the ones that are operate below a certain margin, then sell the entire chain.

    If we know anything about chain restaurants, it's that they are corporate entities that are gone if they can't make the profitability grade. I agree it's uncommon for that to happen in Indy but I don't think one Bonefish location closing is going to jeopardize our status anytime soon. (Just wait until Cheesecake Factory opens down there -- they'll be dropping like flies!)
  • OK braingirl... now we're curious what um, problems means?

    (btw - Avon isn't south)
  • Bonefish is closing many locations. Restaurants come and go and it doesn't really mean a market is dying if one closes. It's a very competitive industry.
  • Bonefish wasn't particularly good. I don't know why one would have choosen to go there over many other better, local restaurants. That said, people still go to Applebees (terrible microwaved food) in droves - so what do I know.
  • I don’t know why one would have chosen to go there over many other better, local restaurants.

    Please, name one. Name one restaurant on the west side that served the variety of fish Bonefish offered at a price even close to what they charged. There isn't one as far as I know, which is what's baffling about their closing.

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