November 26, 2008
Macaroni Grill restaurants in the 'burbs = still open

There seems to be some confusion about the status of local Macaroni Grill outlets, so "Appetizers" is here to help set this record straight. A recent report on KCRA TV about local restaurant closures mentioned Macaroni Grill (along with 55 Degrees and Elk Grove Brewery & Restaurant) as examples of casualties given the current economy. It's true that the Alta Arden Expressway location shut down in March, but the story led some viewers to believe that all Macaroni Grill outlets in the area were closing as well.

Hold that focaccia bread and breathe easy: Macaroni Grill outlets in Folsom, Roseville and Elk Grove are still open and plan to stay that way. A call to Brinker International, the company that owns the Macaroni Grill chain, confirmed this infornation. Hopefully this will clear up some of the anxieties from local Macaroni Grill denizens.

"We're not going anywhere but we've had lots of people calling," says Annie Rice, the general manager for Macaroni Grill in Folsom. "Yesterday we had someone here from the Folsom City Council and asked when we were closing our doors. This location is positive in sales and in no danger of closing. I was also talking to the general manager in Elk Grove and they're getting 20 calls a day and guests coming in and asking when the last day is. This worries us because we don't want people to be afraid to buy gift cards or book parties with us."

If we hear different about the future of these Macaroni Grill restaurants, you'll be the first to know. In the meantime, mangia!

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