PhotoMorton's steakhouses are known for serving large chunks of animal protein but the new owner of the chain may be finding he bit off more than he can chew.

On the same day he completed acquisition of the Chicago-based nationwide chain, Texas billionaire Tilman J. Fertitta closed locations in Boston, Phoenix, Miami Beach, Jacksonville, Atlanta, Denver, Brooklyn and Tysons Corner, Va, according to published reports.

As of late last month, the company owned and operated 77 Morton’s steakhouses located in 64 cities across 26 states, Puerto Rico and six international locations, according to Morton's.

Fertitta, who also owns the Landry’s chain, paid about $179 million for Morton's, which bills itself as the "world’s largest operator of company-owned upscale steakhouses."

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