Max and Erma’s was founded in 1972 in Columbus, Ohio, by two businessmen, Todd Barnum and Barry Zacks, who purchased a tavern called Max and Erma’s. They converted the tavern into a restaurant and decided to leave the name the way it was.
The company operates a chain of casual dining restaurants, each with its own theme. Max and Erma’s was acquired by equity investor G&R Acquisitions of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for $10.2 million in 2008. The company has 51 locations, all company owned.
The chain filed for bankruptcy in 2009, after which it was acquired by American Blue Ribbon Holdings, who also own Baker’s Square and Village Inn. In January of 2016, Glacier Restaurant Group acquired the company.