Outback Steakhouse closed in Ontario
TORONTOâ€”Outback Steakhouse Canada closed its nine Ontario locations in Ontario on March 23, leaving only three units open in Canada, all in Alberta.
Today Sir Corp offered jobs to former Outback employees and said that it would honour Outback gift cards.
â€śThe decision to exit Ontario was a difficult one, and it was made only after considerable reflection and analysis,â€ť said the Outback website. Outback Steakhouse Canada is looking for ways to honor active gift cards as conveniently as possible for our customers.â€ť
SIR Corp announced that it would honour all Outback gift cards issued in Ontario, at any of its restaurants, at current value.
SIR Corp has a variety of concepts ranging from casual to fine dining. On the chain side it has Jack Astorâ€™s Bar and Grill, Alice Fazooliâ€™s! and Canyon Creek Chop House.
Its one-of â€“a-kind units in its Signature Restaurants division, in downtown Toronto, are reds, Far Niente, Four, Petit Four and Loose Moose Tap & Grill.
Today, SIR Corp is holding career fairs at 11 restaurants in southern Ontario, and will be be accepting resumes until the end of the week.
"We recognize that this is a very challenging period for the industry and it's unfortunate for all of us that a competitor like Outback Steakhouse Canada has chosen to close their restaurants,â€ť said SIR Corp president Corey Dalton in a release.
â€śOutback approached us about their plan to close and we agreed that we should work together on a solution since we fundamentally agree that people within our community still need to be looked after."
Dalton added, â€śOur company is coming into our busy summer patio season, and we always have a need for additional team membersâ€”particularly local hospitality professionalsâ€”who are critical to our success.â€ť
The Outback Australian steakhouse concept is owned by OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC, based in Tampa, FL.
Stanley Goodman brought it to Canada in a joint venture partnership with Kelseyâ€™s International, and the Canadian chain grew under Goodmanâ€™s leadership.
Several years ago, Cara Operations bought Kelseyâ€™s and the Outback rights. In 2007 Cara sold the rights back to Outbackâ€™s owner in the U.S. and Goodman went into a joint venture partnership with Outback Franchising.
Last year Goodman took the job of president and general manager of Windermere House Resort in Muskoka cottage country.
Dalton told Restaurant News that SIR Corp is not interested in taking over any of the Outback sites at the moment.