These American Restaurants Are Failing to Attract Customers

3. Outback Steakhouse

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Blooming onions at Outback aren’t helping slow sales. | iStock.com

  • Year founded: 1988
  • Sign of the end: 9 Outback restaurants closed

Bloomin’ Brands owns Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, and Bonefish Grill. All three restaurants reported negative 2016 sales, but Outback’s 4.8% decline hit hardest. Bloomin’ management experienced a flat 2017 as customers flocked to take-out and delivery services. The company plans to close 43 of its 1,500 restaurants nationwide (including Outback, Carrabba’s, and Bonefish Grill locations). At last count, nine were Outback Steakhouses specifically.

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