Dayton, OH

43-Year-Old Long John Silver’s Restaurant Confirmed as Permanently Closed

Joel Eisenberg

Social media posters had spread word of the location possibly reopening in the future.
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Wikipedia features a comprehensive and well-attributed overview of the Long John Silver’s fast food chain: Long John Silver's (formerly known as Long John Silver's Seafood Shoppes and sometimes abbreviated as LJS) is an American chain of fast-food restaurants that specializes in seafood. The brand's name is derived from the novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, in which the pirate Long John Silver is one of the main characters. Formerly a division of Yum! Brands, the company was sold to a group of franchisees in September 2011 and is now 80% franchise-owned. Aside from the U.S., the restaurant also has outlets in Singapore, as well as 30 other countries like South Africa, United Kingdom, and United Arab Emirates.

According to There are 582 Long John Silver's restaurants in the United States as of May 08, 2023. The state with the most number of Long John Silver's locations in the US is Texas, with 84 restaurants, which is about 14% of all Long John Silver's restaurants in the US.

The entity was founded in 1969, and has remained a stalwart.

Now comes word, however, of a long-delayed closure confirmation in the state of Ohio.

Let us explore.

Long John Silver’s, 2022

Per a report from, entitled “Long John Silver’s Closes Dayton Area Location,” the closure of the longstanding entity was not officially announced until this week.

As excerpted from the report: Long John Silver’s located at 785 W. Central Ave. in Springboro is permanently closed after serving the community since 1977, a spokesperson for Long John Silver’s confirmed.

The restaurant actually and unexpectedly closed its doors on April 10th, though no public announcement had been made regarding its fate. As a result, customers posted on social media at the time that the restaurant would likely be reopening in the future, with improvements.

The article goes on to quote the official company statement: Closing a restaurant is never an easy decision for our company,” the spokesperson said. “Since LJS is a mostly franchise owned and operated brand, franchise owners can choose to close their location for a variety of reasons. We are thankful for the guests and crew members who sailed with us over the years.”


In the event of any pertinent updates on this closing, or of further Long John Silver’s closings in general, I will share the news here on NewsBreak.

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