Outback Steakhouse In Hyannis Closes It’s Doors – Don’t Jersey The Cape

Photo by Maggie Kulbokas
Photo by Maggie Kulbokas

CapeCodToday.com – If you are a frequent visitor to the Route 132 corridor in Hyannis, you probably already know the Outback Restaurant in Festival Plaza is closed. The sign is down and the windows are shuttered. Not a g’day if you are in the mood for a Bloomin’ Onion®.

It is hard to pinpoint the exact day the location closed without confirmation, but it has been a good few weeks at least. A server at a close-by Hyannis restaurant said the scuttlebutt is that the Outback staff was brought in one day and unceremoniously given the boot. It is unclear if any of the staff were offered positions at other Outback locations.

Good riddance. I’ve never understood why places like this survive for a minute on Cape Cod. It’s not like we have a shortage of great locally owned places to get steak around here. I understand that the chain restaurants are cheap, but not all locally owned restaurants are expensive. For instance, why would anyone go to 99 when we have places like Bobby Byrne’s, or J.R. Brody’s, or any of the hundreds of other local establishments whose owners live and pay taxes in our community? There are many that are reasonably priced, so cheap can’t be the only factor.

Look, I get that these places employ local people, this is nothing against the staff of The Outback or the 99 or any other chain. They are local hard working people that would find a job at a local restaurant if chains didn’t exist. This is about keeping your money local on a grander scheme, but it is mostly just about food quality.

If you go to one of those local restaurants I listed you will get higher quality, tastier, healthier food while supporting local business. It seems like a no brainer. Who wants to go to a cookie cutter place that could just as easily be in New Jersey as it is on Cape Cod just to get steak tips that look like marbles on an upside down frisbee? It just makes no sense to me.

Eat local, eat well, and don’t Jersey The Cape!

P.S. 99 does have gigantic beers, so they do have that going for them.

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Comments 11

    1. Joe joe joe. I think you missed the point of this article entirely. I guess that make YOU the a-hole
      (If u were being sarcastic and I didn’t pick up on it, then I am the a-hole!)

  1. The more people that spend locally at local businesses, local farms, farm stands the better for your health, economy and sustainability.

  2. free enterprise baby- you can eat wherever you want~ I’ll buy my stuff at a more affordable price and here’s the deal, “local” businesses that can’t compete will die and some other more competitive business will now be “local.” what part of that equation don’t you NIMBY morons understand? and no matter how you look at it, you’re the A-hole.

  3. I totally get the point about chains on the Cape. The 99 is at least a Massachusetts chain and they pay taxes and rent on the Cape too. I don;t want to see the Cape overrun by chains either, but if there are to be some at least the 99 is local.

  4. I shouldn’t be surprised, Hippie, that you have such a refined palate, extolling the virtues of fine establishments such as Bobby Byrne’s or J.R. Brody’s. Who doesn’t like a side of “Washed-up Mashpee Whore” and “A Horrifying Knife Fight” with their loaded potato skins?

    1. Well fake Tony you obviously have no clue how the English language works since you are unaware of the concept of context. We are talking about places to get a steak on the lower end of the price scale. Excellent reading comprehension though, I’m guessing that you almost finished 3rd grade?

      1. Listen, Hippie, your reading comprehension isn’t so hot yourself.

        Your claim that “We are talking about places to get a steak on the lower end of the price scale” is false. You said:

        “If you go to one of those local restaurants I listed you will get higher quality, tastier, healthier food while supporting local business.”

        You need to put down the sadness bong if you are willing to go out on a limb for the “tastier and healthier” food of J. R. Brody’s. I’m all set with sharing a slab of rotten meat with the cast offs of Anchor Ale House (another establishment I’m sure whets your whistle). While we are at it, no one’s died at Papa Jake’s recently, so let’s all get some curly fries!

        The Real Insane Tony

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