Aug. 28, 2018 By Tara Law
The Outback Steakhouse has permanently closed its Elmhurst location, the restaurant confirmed Tuesday.
The chain shuttered its Queens Place Mall location on Sunday, a restaurant spokesperson said. The chain–known for its Australian theme–had operated out of the 86-01 Queens Blvd. mall for 17 years.
The Outback Steakhouse, which is based out of Florida despite its Aussie concept, is known for inexpensive steaks and “bloomin onions”— deep-fried, breaded onions served with mayonnaise-horseradish sauce.
“The decision [to close] was based solely on business circumstances,” according to the company. “Most” of the restaurant’s employees were offered the opportunity to transfer to a nearby restaurant with open positions, the spokesperson said.
The Outback Steakhouse chain boasts 1,000 restaurants, according to the company’s website, but the Queens Place location appears to have been unpopular.
Multiple users on the ratings website Yelp noted that the restaurant was very empty and delivered slow and unreliable service.
“The place was empty but the host made us wait for a table anyway,” said Jonathan K. on Yelp. “He was faster answering the text messages on his phone than finding us a table in an empty restaurant.”
The chain’s closest restaurant is located at 23-48 Bell Blvd. in Bayside.
QNS was first to report this story.