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.
The closure adds to the ever changing landscape of Festival Plaza on Route 132. An April 28, 2014 site plot for the plaza from the property management company Kimco Realty still shows the Outback as a business at the plaza. It also still shows Verizon Wireless which departed for Cape Plaza down the road several months ago. Although these departures are still present, the plan does indicate one new arrival: DSW Shoe Warehouse. DSW has stores at Colony Plaza in Plymouth and Wareham Crossing in Wareham. There is no word of a new store in Hyannis yet on the company's website.
Kimco operates seven plazas in Massachusetts. The Kimco listing for the Festival Plaza shows three spots available (4,760 sf, 2,794 sf and 1706 sf).
The closure of the Outback leaves few similar national chain restaurants operating in Cape Cod's hub. Only Olive Garden and Uno Pizzeria & Grill remain open on Route 132. Another thing that makes the Cape different from most other places over the bridge where you can trip over an Applebee's and T.G.I. Friday (which was at the Cape Cod Mall at one time) on your way to a Red Robin.
Both Outback and Kimco Realty were contacted and have yet to respond to questions about the former Outback location.