As of early August, the sign is down and the dining room has gone black at Outback Steakhouse on Pelham Street, which hasn’t been open in months.
“Our last day of business was June 24 as our lease is expiring. Employees were given the opportunity to transfer to a nearby restaurant and received severance,” Outback spokesperson Elizabeth Daly of Bloomin Brands told MethuenLife in early August. “We appreciate the community support and hope to see (cust
omers) at our Peabody, Lowell, and Seabrook locations.”
According to Methuen’s Economic and Community Development Director Jack Wilson, there has already been some interest in the property which has a prime spot off Interstate-93.
“There’ve been some general inquiries. The landlord is having discussions with potential renters,” he said. “We’d obviously like to see a restaurant go back to that spot.
“Methuen has been somewhat fortunate … for every (restaurant closing), we’ve had something else pop up,” he continued, noting Pho City taking over the Not Your Average Joe’s space at The Loop, the owners of Fusion House building a second restaurant on Merrimack Street, and River’s Edge moving into the old Jon Ryan’s Pub/Tavern on the Merrimack/Jackson’s.
“It’s a very dynamic environment economically, especially in the restaurant industry,” Wilson said. “We stand ready in the city to assist wherever we can to fill those spaces when they become available.”