Max & Erma's closures include one local restaurant

January 18, 2016

Restaurant chain Max & Erma's has closed 13 Midwest locations, including one at 8817 U.S. 31 in Greenwood, in an effort to streamline operations and deal with underperforming outlets.

The owner, Nashville, Tennessee-based American Blue Ribbon Holdings, said senior managers went to the restaurants in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana on Monday morning to deliver the news. At least eight of the 13 closures took place in Michigan.

The only other Indianapolis-area Max & Erma's location is at 12195 N. Meridian St. in Carmel, according to the company's website.

The chain's website lists 51 remaining 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.

The parent company also owns O'Charley's and other casual-dining chains. Future changes appear to be in the works for remaining Max & Erma's locations.

In a written statement, company spokesman James Blystone said American Blue Ribbon Holdings was "committed to the Max & Erma’s brand and our franchise community, and look forward to announcing the next phase of this exciting brand revitalization during the week of Jan. 25."


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