The final cheeseburgers and fries were eaten Sunday at eight Max & Erma's locations in Southeast Michigan, though guests and servers didn't know it then.
The 44-year-old casual dining chain based in Columbus, Ohio, pulled the plug on just over a dozen Midwestern sites, WWJ reports:
Thirteen Max & Erma’s locations across the Great Lakes region abruptly closed on Monday, including eight of the 11 locations in Southeast Michigan.
Most employees were greeted by unexpected “Closed” signs when arriving for work on Monday morning.
This sign, shared by Deadline reader Thomas Wilk, went up Monday morning at Laurel Park Place in Livonia.
Grills are off and doors are shut for good at these Max & Erma's in Metro Detroit:
The Village of Rochester Hills on North Adams Road
Auburn Hills (Baldwin Road)
Novi (Twelve Oaks Mall)
Livonia (Laurel Park Place)
Plymouth (Beck Road)
Canton (Canton Center)
Ann Arbor (Eisenhower Parkway)
Westland (North Newburgh Road).
These Michigan sites survive: Clinton Township (Partridge Creek on Hall Road), Detroit Metro Airport near Gate A30 and on Lake Lansing Road in the state capital.
The chain's Nashville-based corporate owner since 2010, American Blue Ribbon Holdings, says it's streamlining operations and attempting a “brand revitalization,” according to WWJ
The other five closures are in Ohio and Indiana. Max & Erma's also operates in Eastern