Special Report

35 Popular Restaurants That Won’t Reopen After the Pandemic

Source: Courtesy of John M. via Yelp

Arizona: Barrio Café Gran Reserva
> Location: Phoenix

This award-winning vegan-focused “mole palace” (as the Phoenix New Times once called it), open since 2016, is no more. Chef-owner Silvana Salcido Esparza cited “zero funding and coronavirus” as the factors involved with her decision — adding that closing the place will allow her to save her other Phoenix restaurant, Barrio Café, currently operating as a community kitchen.

Source: Courtesy of P.F. Chang's

Arkansas: P.F. Chang’s
> Location: Little Rock

As a reminder that nationwide chains as well as locally owned establishments can experience coronavirus closings, the Little Rock branch of this popular Asian fusion chain has served its last meal. The demise of the restaurant, one of more than 200 P.F. Chang’s locations around the U.S., was announced on Facebook in late March.

Source: Courtesy of The PikeyLA via Facebook

California: The Pikey
> Location: Los Angeles

The owners of Swingers (see below) opened this pub and restaurant on the site of a venerable dive bar called Ye Coach & Horses in 2012. In common with Swingers, it won’t revive after the coronavirus crisis abates — though the proprietors say they have plans to convert the space into a different restaurant at some future point.

Source: Courtesy of Pablo M. via Yelp

California: Swingers
> Location: Los Angeles

A 27-year-old late-night hangout on Beverly Boulevard, Swingers ended service for good in early April. What Eater described as its “classic midcentury coffee shop vibes and…wide menu” appealed to a broad clientele.

Source: Courtesy of Char C. via Yelp

California: Seafood Palace
> Location: Monterey Park

Like other Chinese restaurants, this Cantonese/Chaozhou was particularly affected by the business downturn resulting from the coronavirus panic. Though well-regarded by lovers of authentic Chinese food — it was a favorite of the late, legendary Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold — it closed permanently the week of March 3.