SCHERERVILLE | In pizza-loving Chicagoland, Boston's Pizza kind of sounded like a joke.
Sure, Boston is known for its colonial history, duck tours, Fenway Park, Ben Affleck movies, indecipherable accents, some wicked smart colleges, and being really, really Irish. But pizza?
Well, Boston's The Gourmet Pizza Restaurant and Sports Bar still had a pretty good run at 625 U.S. 30 in Schererville. The Canada-based chain restaurant lasted nine years at one of the busiest intersections in Northwest Indiana – the junction of U.S. 30 and Indianapolis Boulevard – but now it's time for an Irish wake.
The sports bar, which offers other pub fare such as burgers and wings, recently closed.
A sign posted on the door thanked customers.
"Thank you Schererville for the 9 years we have been here," it read. "We thank all of our loyal guests for all of the great years we had."
A slew of new development has come to Schererville recently and restaurants like Golden Corral, Zel's, Dickey's Barbecue Pit and Taco Bell have been shuttered over the past year as multiple new dining options have hit the scene. Carrabba's Italian Grill, Bagger Dave's, Toast & Jam, Tomato Bar, Meatheads, Noodles and Co. and Firehouse Subs all offered more competition while Schererville's population has stayed roughly the same.
Boston's, which has locations all over the country, now just has one other Chicagoland restaurant in Tinley Park and one other Indiana location in Evansville.
"In regards to the recent Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar closure in Schererville, Ind., we would like to extend our sincerest apologies to those that may have been affected by this announcement," the company said in a statement.
"While we can understand the disappointment many have expressed, this is not an indication or reflection of the health of the Boston's brand and this closing will neither impact operations elsewhere nor future growth plans for the region."
Boston's is growing in the Northeast, but doesn't currently have any plans to open any new eateries in Indiana or the greater Chicago area, spokeswoman Julianne Kennelly said.