TAMPA Fla. Outback Steakhouse’s closure last week of all nine corporate Ontario, Canada, restaurants was a market-specific move with no direct implication for other regions, officials of the 970-unit casual-dining chain said. “Each market is expected to carry itself in terms of sales and profits, and Ontario specifically has had challenges,” Steve Nilsen, Outback vice president of international marketing, said in a statement to Nation’s Restaurant News. “An economic downturn and ...

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