Outback Steakhouse closes for good in Roseville

It's the latest Twin Cities restaurant to shut its doors amid the pandemic.
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The latest Twin Cities restaurant to close its doors permanently since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic is the Outback Steakhouse in Roseville.

There's been no official word from the Australian-themed chain about the closure, but it is listed as "permanently closed" on its Facebook page and on Google.

Furthermore, several employees have posted on Facebook confirming that the eatery was shutting its doors.

One employee wrote that they were informed of the closure at a staff meeting last Wednesday, and said they were "blindsided by the news."

They said that a rise in rent and the effects of COVID-19 on sales was the reason for the closure, though this hasn't been officially confirmed.

The closure came on the same day that Stay Safe Minnesota rules were loosened to allow dine-in service to resume at 50 percent capacity.

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"With an extremely heavy heart and too many fallen tears, effective immediately the Outback in Roseville has officially closed permanently," bartender Greg Dennis wrote on Facebook.

" The last seven and a half years I've more than thoroughly enjoyed my tenure there. Sundays were always something special to me. I can't come up with the words that can describe the countless memories that were made in the establishment and with my coworkers, who were more of a family than anything else."

The Roseville location was one of five Outbacks in the Twin Cities. The others are in Coon Rapids, Maplewood, Inver Grove Heights, and Bloomington.

You can find a list of restaurants that have announced permanent closures since the start of the pandemic here. 

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