Darden closes Smokey Bones, Rocky River restaurants

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Darden Restaurants is closing seven restaurants in Indiana-including the Smokey Bones Barbeque and Grill locations in downtown Indianapolis, Avon and Bloomington, plus the recently opened Rocky River Grillhouse in Castleton.

Other Indiana restaurants slated for closing are in Mishawaka, Merrillville and Evansville, the Orlando, Fla., company said Saturday.

The company is closing 54 Smokey Bones and two Rocky River locations nationwide, and plans to sell the remaining 73 Smokey Bones locations as part of an effort to “better position Darden for future growth,” Darden said.

“There are a number of Smokey Bones restaurants that have not performed well for some time now and the declining trend has accelerated,” it said in a statement.

Darden late last month closed the Bahama Breeze restaurant on East 96th Street in Indianapolis.

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