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35 Popular Restaurants That Won’t Reopen After the Pandemic

Source: Courtesy of Döner Bistro Frederick, MD via Facebook

Maryland: Döner Bistro
> Location: Frederick

A German-inspired Biergarten and grill (whose name references the Turkish sandwich that is popular street food in Germany), this establishment, opened in 2014, announced its permanent demise in mid-April. Another location, in Leesburg, Virginia, will remain open.

Source: Courtesy of Hattapon's Thai Kitchen via Facebook

Massachusetts: Hattapon’s Thai Kitchen
> Location: Greenfield

When Massachusetts restaurants begin to reopen, this 14-year-old Thai favorite in the northern part of the state won’t be among them. The owners had already decided to close this spring for economic reasons, but the pandemic hurried things along, and also made it impossible for them to sell food at various local festivals as they had planned.

Source: Courtesy of Helen T. via Yelp

Minnesota: The Egg and I Diner
> Location: Minneapolis

The Egg and I had been serving breakfast dishes daily, for both breakfast and lunch, for more than 30 years. After it closed on March 17 in response to Minnesota governor Tim Walz’s order, the owner decided not to reopen and to sell the property instead. He still plans to reopen his second location, in St. Paul, when possible.

Source: Courtesy of Chi H. via Yelp

Missouri: Nick and Jake’s
> Location: Kansas City

The Main Street location of this small comfort-food chain — there are three others around the Kansas City area — will not reopen even after the pandemic subsides. The chain announced the decision on Facebook on April 6.

Source: Courtesy of The Joinery Restaurant via Yelp

New Hampshire: The Joinery Restaurant
> Location: Newmarket

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