Popular Restaurants That Won’t Reopen After the Pandemic

Published on 06/09/2020
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The restaurant business has been hit pretty hard by the crisis the world is dealing with at the moment. Over 8 million restaurant employees have lost their jobs all over the United States. While a good amount of restaurants in the U.S. are reopening, they usually offer outdoor eating only with a limited amount of customers. All the same, thousands that have “temporarily” closed when the lockdown began might not be able to afford to reopen. Here is an updated list of the most popular eating places in America that won’t be opening again.

Arizona: Barrio Café Gran Reserva

The award-winning vegan-focused has been opened since 2016, but will now be closing for good.

Chef-owner Silvana Salcido Esparza was devastated, saying that “zero funding and coronavirus” were the main factors involved in her decision to shut down. She added that closing her place will allow her to save her other Phoenix restaurant, Barrio Café.

Arizona Barrio Café Gran Reserva

Arizona Barrio Café Gran Reserva

California: Swingers

The 27-year-old late-night hangout spot on Beverly Boulevard ended its service once and for all in early April. Swingers was described as having a “classic mid-century coffee shop vibe and…wide menu”.

The owners also closed down a couple more bars in their ownership.

California Swingers

California Swingers

 

California: Clarke’s Charcoal Broiler

Clarke’s was famous for serving what was described as “delicious, charcoal-broiled burgers and barbecue since 1945” in what is now Silicon Valley.

Thanks to the current situation with the pandemic, the restaurant had no choice but to shut down. They officially closed on March 31st.

California Clarke's Charcoal Broiler

California Clarke’s Charcoal Broiler

 

California: Biba Restaurant

Biba Caggiano stepped up the restaurant scene in California when she opened this place 33 years ago. Biba has since gone on to become a successful cookbook author as well as a TV food personality.

Unfortunately, she passed away last August and her family was already having a hard time running the restaurant before the crisis. In early May, they announced that they won’t be reopening again.

California Biba Restaurant

California Biba Restaurant

 

California: Troy’s Family Restaurant

Troy’s has served its neighborhood for the last 46 years. In late April, it closed for the last time. “As every month goes by,” owner Mary Likomitros said to a news outlet, “the bills just don’t stop.”

She said the restaurant had applied for a loan but never heard back from the bank.

California Troy's Family Restaurant

California Troy’s Family Restaurant

 

California: Locanda

Locanda specialized in Roman-style pasta dishes and became a “must-visit Italian restaurant” according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Well, this upscale restaurant shut down permanently in mid-March.

While it was popular, the owner said that it never made enough money, making it impossible for it to survive the crisis.

California Locanda

California Locanda

 

California: Viognier Restaurant

This Silicon Valley restaurant originally scheduled to reopen on April 30th, but it’s since been reported that Viognier Restaurant posted a sign in the window stating it is permanently closed.

The Draeger’s Market restaurant will definitely be missed by the community.

California Viognier Restaurant

California Viognier Restaurant

 

Colorado: 20th Street Café

After being in the business for 74 years, 20th Street Cafe is going to be shutting down. Run by three generations of the Okuno family, the neighborhood breakfast-and-lunch establishment won’t make it through the crisis.

The place survived “up-turns and crazy downturns in the economy, but this final one proved to be insurmountable for our little corner of the world.”

Colorado 20th Street Café

Colorado 20th Street Café

Colorado: The Market at Larimer Square

The beloved deli, bakery, espresso bar, and market was said to have been the very first espresso bar between L.A. and New York City. It opened back in 1983. Now, the place is closing for good due to the pandemic.

While the proprietor was already considering to retire soon, the virus definitely sped things up.

Colorado The Market At Larimer Square

Colorado The Market At Larimer Square

Florida: Jackson’s Prime

Back in early April, this steakhouse, which has been operated by the local restaurant veteran Jack Jackson since 2017, announced that it will be closing its doors for good.

The reason for this was due to the virus’s “crippling effect” on the entire economy.

Florida Jackson's Prime

Florida Jackson’s Prime

While the official reason for this restaurant’s closing wasn’t said to be the pandemic, the owner of this Grille, Karen Hilliard, announced on Facebook in late April that “It is time to say goodbye.”

The Southwestern-style restaurant that was named in honor of the artist Georgia O’Keeffe, has been running for 30 years.

Georgia The Georgia Grille

Georgia The Georgia Grille

Illinois: Little Bucharest Bistro

The 50-year-old Eastern European restaurant was originally meant to close down last October, but a planned sale fell through. This time, however, it’s gone for good, as of April 30th. “[W]e would be lying if we were to say that COVID-19 is the only reason we are closing,” according to a statement from the restaurant, “but it is definitely the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

Illinois Little Bucharest Bistro

Illinois Little Bucharest Bistro

Illinois: Luella’s Gospel Bird

This restaurant was opened in 2018 in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. The fried chicken specialist went out of business as a result of the pandemic closing it down. However, the original location in Lincoln Square is still going, with takeout and delivery.

Illinois Luella's Gospel Bird

Illinois Luella’s Gospel Bird

Illinois: Toast

Neither location of this 24-year-old breakfast and brunch favorite – Bucktown and Lincoln Park – will be coming back. “There isn’t any kind of fund sitting in the bank to cover expenses,” said owner Jeanne Roeser. In any case, she added that along with occupancy limits, masks, and social distancing, diners wouldn’t enjoy the experience the restaurant once provided.

Illinois Toast

Illinois Toast

The casual farm-to-table restaurant has closed down indefinitely. All the same, a spokesperson left open the possibility that it might reopen “once we get through this pandemic.” In the meantime, the staff has been permanently let go. The place, which opened in 2016, is owned by Kimball Musk, the younger brother of Tesla boss, Elon Musk.

Indiana Next Door American Eatery

Indiana Next Door American Eatery

Iowa: Trostel’s Dish

This small-plates restaurant in the Des Mois metropolitan area opened in 2005 and closed temporarily in March. However, just a month later, on April 14, owner Suzanne Summy announced that she made the “heart-wrenching” decision not to renew the lease and close it down for good.

Iowa Trostel's Dish

Iowa Trostel’s Dish

Kentucky: China Inn Restaurant

The 33-year-old family-owned restaurant is known both for its food and for the personality of the owner, Penny Uraiklang, shut down indefinitely in late March. Recently, Uraiklang passed away from cancer, but her family promised her to keep the place going. However, the impact of the pandemic made it impossible, however.

Kentucky China Inn Restaurant

Kentucky China Inn Restaurant

Louisiana: Satterfield’s Upper Deck Restaurant

The popular steak and seafood restaurant on the banks of False River near Baton Rouge shut down on April 30. Recently, it announced that it would not be reopening. The restaurant was established in 1996 in a historical building. The building was originally home to a 1917 vintage Ford dealership. The owners said that the Landing Bar, downstairs from the restaurant, will stay open.

Louisiana Satterfield's Upper Deck Restaurant

Louisiana Satterfield’s Upper Deck Restaurant

Opened in 1954, Uncle Andy’s Diner established a strong local reputation for comforting diner classics. Even before the virus hit, the diner was struggling. It was the subject of a makeover on the Food Network show, “Restaurant Impossible”. However, as the owner said, “We’ve always been able to just get by, but now we can’t.”

Maine Uncle Andy's Diner

Maine Uncle Andy’s Diner

The German-inspired Biergarten and grill (the name references a Turkish sandwich that is popular street food in Germany) opened back in 2014. In mid-April, however, it announced its permanent closure. Although, another location, in Leesburg, Virginia, will stay open.

Maryland Döner Bistro

Maryland Döner Bistro

Carl Dooley, the Top Chef finalist, announced in early May that the restaurant he ran is out of business – permanently. The owner, Robert Harris is restructuring his catering arm by launching a take-out and delivery brand named Season to Go. He felt that the restaurant had to go, “[T]his is the sad and harsh reality I and the teams I employ all had to face,” he said.

Massachusetts The Table At Season To Taste

Massachusetts The Table At Season To Taste

Massachusetts: Hattapon’s Thai Kitchen

The 14-year-old Thai favorite in northern Massachusetts won’t be reopening. The owners already made the decision to close this spring for financial reasons, but the pandemic ended up rushing things. It also made it impossible for them to sell food at local festivals like they had originally planned to.

Massachusetts Hattapon's Thai Kitchen

Massachusetts Hattapon’s Thai Kitchen

The eclectic restaurant announced that its doors will be closing down for good on May 24 in a statement on its Facebook page: “We have given our absolute best to innovate and adapt to the ever-changing pandemic world we live in,” the executive director wrote, “[but] the reality is that the business margins…are not maintainable”.

Minnesota Vivo Kitchen

Minnesota Vivo Kitchen

The diner had been serving breakfast dishes on a daily basis for over 30 years now. Once it closed down on March 17 in response to the Minnesota government’s order, the owner decided not to reopen. They would be selling the property instead. All the same, the owner still plans on reopening his second location in St. Paul when he can.

Minnesota The Egg And I Diner

Minnesota The Egg And I Diner

The owner of this 6-year-old farm-to-table restaurant decided in mid-March not to reopen again – even when it’s allowed to. “I didn’t feel it was prudent to take on more debt” that might be too difficult to pay back, he said.

New Hampshire The Joinery Restaurant

New Hampshire The Joinery Restaurant

A staple in Flemington, a town southwest of Newark, for almost 30 years, Jake’s became an iconic combination of a fine-dining restaurant and a sports bar. On April 9th, the owners announced that their temporary closing became permanent.

New Jersey Jake's Restaurant & Bar

New Jersey Jake’s Restaurant & Bar

Opened back in 1976, the prime rib restaurant – also known for its salad bar – announced that it would be shutting down for good at the beginning of April. One contributing factor was the loss of the wedding and catering business.

New Mexico The Cooperage

New Mexico The Cooperage

The 2-year-old establishment in Syracuse became possibly the very first restaurant in central New York to announce that it wouldn’t be reopening once the lockdown came to an end. The owners made this decision in late March, noting that their lease was due for renewal soon in any case.

New York The Chef & The Cook

New York The Chef & The Cook

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