3rd local eatery closes since beginning of year

Seymour recently lost its second restaurant since the beginning of the month with the closure of Tumbleweed Tex Mex Grill and Margarita Bar.

The restaurant employed 22, but some of those employees may be able to find employment at other Tumbleweed restaurants in southern Indiana, including a new one under construction in Salem, a company official said in a news release.

The other recent closure involves Red Star Pizza at 1515 E. Tipton St. Officials announced on its Facebook page Feb. 2 that the business was closed and was going to reopen in Bloomington in a few months.

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The Russell Stover Candies store, which also offered ice cream to visitors, at 1715 E. Tipton St., closed in January.

The 3,947-square-foot Tumbleweed restaurant opened in the spring of 1999 at 1202 E. Tipton St. in the Jackson Park Shopping Center.

“We want to thank the loyal guests we’ve served in Seymour,” Matt Higgins, president and CEO of Tumbleweed, said in a news release. “Unfortunately, this location couldn’t sustain the revenue levels we required for success.”

Higgins said discussions are ongoing with employees of the Seymour restaurant to fill some of the positions available with the opening of a Tumbleweed restaurant under construction at 1007 E. Hackberry St. on Salem’s northeast side. That restaurant is scheduled to open later this year.

Other former Seymour employees may be able to fill positions at a Tumbleweed location at Charlestown Crossing in New Albany, Higgins said.

The Louisville, Kentucky-based company has 19 locations in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

Gift cards purchased at the Seymour location will be honored at any of these locations.