GREENWOOD, Ind. (Jan. 19, 2016) – Employees at the Greenwood Max & Erma’s learned Monday that the location would close.
The casual dining chain shut down 13 locations in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, saying the restaurants were underperforming. Employees at many of the Max & Erma’s locations found a note saying their restaurant was no longer open.
Senior managers went to each location to deliver the news, and employees were offered severance packages. In Michigan, all but two Max & Erma’s were closed. In Indiana, locations in Carmel, Edinburgh and Evansville remain open.
The first Max & Erma’s opened in Columbus, Ohio, in 1972. In 2009, the chain filed for bankruptcy protection. Tennessee-based American Blue Ribbons Holdings—which owns other chains including O’Charley’s—bought Max & Erma’s the following year.
The abrupt closing brought to mind another swift change in the local dining landscape. Last month, Bagger Dave’s closed seven Indiana locations, citing underperformance.