GOING DOWN, GOING BUST, GOING OUT

RESTAURANT CHAINS: THE CASUALTY LIST. The pandemic and resulting economic shutdown damaged about 110,000 restaurants in the U.S., estimated by the National Restaurant Association. Among the popular chains that sank into bankruptcy:

  • Bar Louie. “The Original Gastrobar” serving upscale food and drinks;
  • Bamboo Sushi. West Coast chain where the sushi was sustainable but not the business;
  • Bravo Italian Kitchen. 27 sites in 14 states;
  • Brio Italian Grille. Serving 15 states across the country;
  • California Pizza Kitchen. Serving California-style pies at 250 eateries in 11 countries;
  • Chuck E. Cheese. Pizza, arcade games, and animatronics nationwide;
  • Cosi. A Boston-based chain known for its flatbreads and named after its founder’s favorite opera;
  • Fig & Olive. Celebrates olive oil and Mediterranean cuisine in the eastern U.S.;
  • Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh. Falafel, hummus, and Greek casual at locations around the U.S.;
  • Grand Rapids Brewing Co. An alliance of six Michigan microbreweries that opened a restaurant;
  • Hopcat. Beer and upscale bar food at 17 locations across eight states;
  • Il Mulino. “The Mill,” an Italian steakhouse and grocery in Quebec, Florida, and the U.S. Northeast;
  • Krystal. The Southern burger chain known for sliders;
  • Le Pain Quotidien. Soups, sandwiches, and bakery goodies at 50 sites in California, Florida, and the U.S. Northeast; 
  • Maison Kayser. French bakery chain started in Paris and spread to 16 storefronts in New York City;
  • Quickfish. Serving Asian fusion food in the Pacific Northwest;
  • Ruby Tuesday. Upscale casual fare at more than 200 eateries across the U.S.;
  • Village Inn. Renowned for its pies.
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