LongHorn Steakhouse is gone for good from the Fenway area, Boston Restaurant Talk and some forlorn fans reported. The Landmark Center location of the restaurant shuttered on Saturday, Aug. 8.
"Closing this restaurant was a difficult business decision, and I can promise you it’s one we made very carefully and thoughtfully, particularly because it impacts our employees and our guests," said Hunter Robinson, the company's manager of media relations and communications.
LongHorn is making an effort to find the Fenway employees new jobs at other area locations of the chain, he added. As BRT pointed out, though, the Fenway location was the last inside Rt. 128.
The Landmark Center is being redeveloped in a project that will add luxury residential and new office, restaurant, and retail space to the existing commercial property at the intersection of Brookline Avenue and Park Drive, nearby the Green Line. The project will include Boston proper's first Wegmans store. In the fall, Best Buy and a location of Fresh City took options from landlord and developer Samuels & Associates to get out of their leases in preparation for the expansion project, but that doesn't appear to be the reason LongHorn closed.
"I can’t speak on behalf of the Landmark Center. What I can confirm is that it was a LongHorn business decision to close the restaurant," Robinson said.
Eater Boston has reached out to Samuels & Associates and will update this article if any new information comes to light.