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Lone Star speaks out on decision to close Middletown restaurant

UPDATE @ 5:25 p.m.: The decision to close Lone Star Steakhouse in Middletown was “a difficult decision” based solely on “business demands,” the company said in a statement.  

Anyone in possession of a Lone Star gift card can visit www.lssgiftcardinquiry.wordpress.com to file a claim for reimbursement, the company said.

UPDATE @ 2:30 p.m.:

A Middletown city official said she was unaware an East End restaurant was closing.

Jennifer Ekey, director of economic development, said she’s “disappointed” whenever a Middletown business closes. She said the city is continuing its efforts in retail and restaurant recruitment in the area and has made “progress on a number of fronts.”

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FIRST REPORT:

For the second time in one week, a national restaurant chain has abruptly closed its Butler County location.

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Lone Star Steakhouse, 6780 Roosevelt Ave. in Middletown, closed Sunday night.

A sign taped Monday to the front door at Lone Star Steakhouse informed customers the Middletown restaurant had closed.  (RICK McCRABB/STAFF)

A sign taped today to the restaurant’s front door thanked “valued guests” for their support.

“Thank you for your business and we hope to serve you at another location very soon,” the sign read.

There were a few workers in the parking lot this morning, but none wanted to comment. At least one piece of restaurant equipment had been moved outside.

The Journal-News has reached out to representatives with the Lone Star restaurant chain for comment.

Last week, the Bob Evans at 4646 Dixie Highway closed without warning.

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