NEWINGTON – Those with impending plans to dine at the Berlin Turnpike Bonefish Grill will have to consider other options.
The seafood restaurant chain closed for good at the end of business Wednesday night, according to company officials. The other Connecticut location, in South Windsor, was shuttered at the same time. Parent company Bloomin’ Brands has also closed its Carrabba’s Italian Grill restaurant in Manchester.
All Connecticut listings on the Bonefish Grill website had been removed by Thursday morning. Calls to the Newington location were directed to the corporate office of media relations.
Elizabeth Watts, Director of Media & Community Relations at the Tampa-based Bloomin’ Brands, said 48 people were employed at the Newington site. Former Bonefish Grill employees could transfer to another restaurant in the company’s portfolio – including one the area’s numerous Outback Steakhouse franchises or the sole Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in West Hartford. All employees will receive severance, company officials confirmed.
“Closing the restaurants was a difficult business decision,” Watts said in a statement. “It was based solely on business circumstances and is not a reflection of employees or their service.”
Customers holding Bonefish Grill gifts cards are being directed to contact the company’s Guest Relations office at 866-880-2226 or at email@example.com.
The Newington restaurant, located just north of the Main Street intersection, opened in Aug. 2013. The area came to prominence in 2002 with the opening of the Krispy Kreme donut shop. Construction of the neighboring Firestone Complete Auto Care in 2010 and Bonefish Grill three years later followed the sudden Krispy Kreme closing in 2005. The former shop is now occupied by Premier Urgent Care.
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