Another aging casual dining chain has shuttered in Irvine. The Australian-themed Outback Steakhouse closed its Culver Plaza location over the weekend.
Irvine Co. officials declined to comment on the closure; a representative for the developer said a replacement tenant has not been named. The closure comes after other family dining chains have exited the master planned community such as IHOP, El Cholo and Marie Callender’s.
Outback, which no longer lists the Culver Plaza restaurant on its website, did not return calls for comment. Its parent company Bloomin’ Brands, a large casual dining operator based in Tampa, Fl., has said it would be closing 40 underperforming restaurants during its 2017 fiscal year. The company’s others casual dining brands include Carrabba’s Italian Grill and Bonefish Grill.
Earlier this year, Meizhou Dongpo replaced the old Marie Callender’s space at the center. The sleek Sichuan eatery has more than 100 locations in China.
The Marie Callender’s told the Register it wanted to stay, but the Irvine Co. would not renew its lease. It operated at the center for 15 years. Culver Plaza is home to Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot, Sam Woo, and a 99 Ranch Market.
Also closing over the weekend is Karl Strauss in Costa Mesa. But, this closure is temporary. The brewpub, which currently has only 10 taps, is undergoing a remodel. It is expected to reopen in early November, company spokeswoman Kiersten Winant said. More details about the closure are coming soon.
The San Diego-based brewery operates a restaurant and brewery in Anaheim, across the street from Angel Stadium. It has 20 taps.
Stater Bros., Southern California’s stalwart grocery chain, has opted to close one of its stores in Orange County. The Anaheim market, at 3430 W. Lincoln Ave., is set to close Oct. 22. The closure is in “conjunction with the opening of our Tustin Ranch supermarket in late October,” company spokeswoman Marisa Kutansky said. “This allows the company to ensure no jobs will be lost.” Kutansky said some workers will shift to Tustin (15150 Kensington Park Drive) when it opens; others will transfer to markets in surrounding locations.
After an 11-year run at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, Stonehill Tavern is closing. The resort, formerly the St. Regis, is rebranding as Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak. The modern steakhouse, also by the celebrated chef, is expected to open in February after minor decor updates to Stonehill….