More Closings

Both Houlihans and Perkins by FSK Mall shut their doors today.   The two restaurants are connected under the same Hospitality Group.  No warning was given to the employees who showed up for work today and were told they no longer have jobs.  Very sad.

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33 thoughts on “More Closings

  1. If you google both restaurants you’ll find one after the other listed as Closed in location after location. So apparently it’s nationwide. But to do it without warning is the lowest of the low for any employer.

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  2. The link you provided to the ‘hospitality group’ is one in Minneapolis that franchises both brands. It is probably not responsible for the restaurants closed in Frederick, MD.

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  4. Anyone know of meeting space in Frederick that is free and available in the morning? Perkins was so great to allow use of the meeting room for business groups and for free! They will be sorely missed. I understand the managers of both restaurants were offered positions in other locations, but all other employees were laid off.

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      • thanks Jim, we are going to try Barbara Fritchie for our next meeting. Figured we would stick with a Frederick establishment, must be doing something right since they have been there forever 🙂

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  5. Sad, never went to Perkins but we enjoyed nachos, burgers, and soup at Houlihans. It had definitely been on its way down hill though. Hope the employees can find jobs at some of the new businesses opening around Westview.

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  6. Really liked Houlihans!—never got a chance to get to Perkins. Might be because there are sooooo many restaurants in that area. There always seems to be a wait time when you go out to eat though. Bob Evans is my go to restaurant—great service, great food and great servers!.

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  7. What?! No! I loved Houlihans. Loved it. I’m not a big chain restaurant person, but thought they were amazing– the optional small portions, interesting salads, martini flights. I almost went there tonight oddly enough– sad that I can never again.

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    • FNP reports that they closed:

      Houlihan’s and Perkins restaurants, both on Holiday Drive near the Francis Scott Key Mall, closed on Monday. Both restaurants opened in 1999. About 60 employees were affected, said Russell Berner, vice president of operations for JDK Management, which oversaw both eateries.

      What did they say when they answered the phone?

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  8. I for one will miss Perkins. After they closed their restaurant near Rio in Gaithersburg some years ago, it was good to know I could still go to the one in Frederick. One less place to get a good hot breakfast. And I thought their baked goods were yummy, at least as good as what I’ve paid more for at bakery shops.

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  9. It looks like another place has closed. I think I went once and I’m not positive on the name but the Village Grill (?) in the Giant Eagle plaza on the Golden Mile is gone.

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    • Can’t say I’ll miss the Village Grill; don’t recall going there. But its loss can be added to the growing list of reasons NOT to go to the Golden Mile.

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    • Wasn’t there a review of the Village Grill in the paper maybe a month or so ago? I’m sure there was, and it wasn’t exactly flattering. The review wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t one that made you want to eat there. I remember a description of dusty artificial hanging plants…..not real appetizing. I could imagine dust raining down on the food…..

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  10. Any restaurant that closes in this town had to be a pretty awful place to eat or had completely inept management. We were in Brewers Alley last night at 5 pm. The wait for a table for 4 was 30 minutes. A party of 10 came in looking to eat and was told by a manager that it could be as long as 3 HOURS. Another party, of 5, tried calling other restaurants and was told their wait could be up to an hour, so they just waited it out. Anyone who says “Frederick has enough restaurants” doesn’t get out to eat very often. There is plenty of room for restaurants with good food and competent management even in this economic climate.

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    • Looks like Philly’s is becoming the something or other tavern. How are they going to fit a bar in that little place? At least they’re reopening it as a restaurant of some kind rather than just letting it be vacant.

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  12. Not a closing….an opening! Drove by the old Hagan’s Tavern today and there’s a banner up on the porch announcing “Opening Soon – Silver Maple.” Anyone know anything about it???? I’m thrilled that someone is opening it up again but I would really hate to see it “modernized” and not kept to the integrity of the building and the period.

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  14. I liked Philly’s but found it took way too long for them to cook and make a cheesesteak. I’ve been to Jim’s in Philly and have seen the other 2 spots featured on the food network. At Jim’s, the line was wrapped around the street and they were able to cook to order in the same time that Philly’s cooked one cheesesteak with no one waiting. The same was featured about Gino’s and Pats.

    That made me pass it by when I was hungry. It would take 20 minutes with no one in front of me. They were very good though. Too bad.

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  15. I stopped in at the new place going in to Old Hagan’s Tavern. They were not open but the man inside said that they were interviewing staff and hoped to be open at the end of January.

    He told me the menu was done but not published. It was going to be American food. It also appears that they are going to focus on wines.

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  16. That is ironic, i worked at the perkins in 2001 when i showed up for work to be told they where closed and got my last paycheck. That really sucked.

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