Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman:

Several hundred Alaskans are out of work and local businesses are left holding the bag on thousands of dollars in unpaid bills after Chili’s Grill and Bar’s parent company Brinker Investments revoked Duke Investments’ three Alaska franchises.

The Wasilla store closed Friday and its sister stores in Fairbanks and Anchorage were closed Sunday.

“I can confirm Chili’s Anchorage, Fairbanks and Wasilla restaurants have closed,” brand spokesperson Julie Flowers wrote in an email late Sunday afternoon.

The closures came swiftly after a mid-February court filing by Brinker International seeking to terminate the franchisee rights previously held by Duke Investments. More.