Macaroni Grill closed in PTC!

My family went to Macaroni Grill yesterday in PTC, only to find an abandoned building with a "this location is now closed....thanks for your continued patronage" sign on the door!! When did they close? Does anyone know if they plan to reopen at another location in our area? My family is SAD!! We enjoyed eating there from time to time....the restaurant business must indeed be tough, if such a prominent restaurant as Macaroni Grill can be forced out of business..

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Submitted by spainfan on Tue, 03/20/2007 - 6:31pm.

I just received an e-mail back from the Macaroni Grill corporate offices, saying the PTC location was "not meeting the company's financial expectations" so the decision was made to close it. There are currently no plans to either reopen that location or to open a new one in our area! Disappointing!

Submitted by pudotdad on Mon, 03/19/2007 - 7:31pm.

When we moved here, one of our favorite restaurants was Fuddruckers.
They gradually replaced the line cooks with low cost foreign labor.
All instructions were given in Spanish. No matter how you ordered your food, the way it was cooked was random. The same for Macoroni grill. The cooks were all low wage hispanics, who I doubt had much training. I had to send back a fish that was still raw.
The only restaurants that seem to be multiplying are Mexican restaurants, no doubt because the cooks know the cuisine.

Submitted by Doug on Mon, 03/19/2007 - 7:20pm.

Longhorns is feeling a lot of pressure in the current market too. The Olive Garden is going to squeeze restaurants in all categories because of their pricing and family appeal.

Most of Peachtree City's "outside marketshare" is eroding due to more competition close by and more hectic commutes in Peachtree City. Traffic is becoming an issue in favorability. The franchise analysts for tier one units no longer include Coweta, Fairburn and Fayetteville as a secondary market for Peachtree City. This is another reason the McIntosh Village (TDK) shopping units and restaurants are bad for Peachtree City.

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Submitted by cowtipn on Sun, 03/18/2007 - 10:54pm.

They were owned by the same company as On the Border wich was dealt a similare fate. Makes me wonder..........

Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Sun, 03/18/2007 - 7:08pm.

I doubt that was the case. Macaroni Grill would have paid whatever rent that the sales justified. Apparently they didn't have the sales to do so.
Several factors are at work here now: Stuff landlords have to pay goes up every year (taxes, food, labor, electricity, gas, repairs. cleaning, insurance, and government reporting.)
Also, PTC finally overbuilt restaurants ahead of population gain, and Newnan and Fayetteville also did so and took many PTC customers.
Then there is the employment situation with layoffs and decreased wages. No new industry in ages. A big net loss there. The mix of kind of restaurants is also bad.
And, probably worst of all, people here have been taking out second and third mortgages and building up credit card debt to the point where they just don't have the cash to eat out so much.
When it costs four people nearly a hundred dollars to eat, and they all drink, then it gets too expensive to do often!

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Submitted by hutch866 on Sun, 03/18/2007 - 7:25pm.

maybe the landlord wasn't so reasonable. I would have thought you had some stat's to quote.

I yam what I yam...Popeye

Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Sun, 03/18/2007 - 7:34pm.

Why on earth would he be unreasonable and lose such an account? It does happen some, but usually only by private people like the Old Mill thing.
As my dentist once told me, "I am not my customer's banker, I need paid now or I will have to charge high interest as my bank does."
Anyway, one can pick up chicken and pasta in two dozen places, including home.
Everyone doesn't use "stats" if they have been around. They lie more than people.

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