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McCormick & Schmick’s closes downtown Austin restaurant

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Under new ownership, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants Inc. has closed its downtown Austin location on Congress Avenue. McCormick & Schmick’s only other local restaurant, at The Domain in North Austin, remains open.

“We plan to focus our operations on the McCormick & Schmick’s location at The Domain,” Kris Guthrie, vice president of marketing at new owner Landry’s Inc., said in a statement.

The downtown McCormick & Schmick’s was at 401 Congress Ave. on the ground floor of the Frost Bank Tower. That location opened in 2004. The restaurant at The Domain opened in 2007.

Aside from the Congress Avenue restaurant, McCormick & Schmick’s has closed several other locations, according to the Portland Business Journal. Among the places losing restaurants were Annapolis, Md.; Birmingham, Ala.; Phoenix and Scottsdale, Ariz.; Burbank and Santa Ana Calif.; and Beachwood, Ohio. Before these closures, McCormick & Schmick’s had about 90 restaurants across the country.

On Tuesday, Houston-based Landry’s wrapped up its nearly $132 million purchase of Portland, Ore.-based McCormick & Schmick’s, which was publicly traded.

Guthrie said: “We bought a great concept in McCormick & Schmick’s, and only a handful of stores were closed for a variety of reasons, including market conditions and lease expirations. Many employees have received opportunities to relocate to other Landry’s concepts in a variety of our market areas.”

Houston businessman Tilman Fertitta is the main shareholder of privately held Landry’s. Brands under the company’s umbrella include Landry’s Seafood House, Rainforest Cafe, The Chart House, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and Saltgrass Steak House. In mid-December, Landry’s agreed to buy high-end steakhouse chain Morton’s Restaurant Group Inc. for nearly $117 million.

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