Special Report

50 Most Popular Restaurants That Won’t Reopen After the Pandemic

Source: Courtesy of Cafe Texan via Facebook

Texas: Cafe Texan
> Location: Huntsville

This iconic 83-year-old establishment north of Houston, said to have been the oldest café in Texas still in its original location, is gone for good. Owner John Strickland told The Huntsville Item that he had remained closed for months out of concern for the health of his customers, many of whom were seniors, and his staff. However, he said, “I had not intended to close it permanently.” When he realized that that would be necessary, he sold the building, which will apparently be turned into a museum.

Source: Courtesy of Highland Park Cafeteria via Facebook

Texas: Highland Park Cafeteria
> Location: Dallas

Known for its zucchini muffins, chicken-fried steak, homemade pies, and other comfort food, this community favorite, opened in 1925, will not reopen. Addressing its customers, a statement on the restaurant website said “We would love to have a farewell event to honor you and our faithful employees, but due to the current restrictions, we won’t be able to do so.” The statement left open the possibility that the place might be revived in the future, adding “So, making no promises — but who knows? Zucchini Muffins may one day make a comeback!”

Source: Courtesy of TC L. via Yelp

Virginia: Pizzeria Paradiso
> Location: Alexandria

A local staple, considered one of the area’s best pizzerias, this Old Town Alexandria establishment closed in March for what it hoped would be a brief period. In late September, however, it announced that it would not be reopening. Unsuccessful attempts to negotiate a new lease compounded the problems presented by the shutdown. The place will live on, though, in monthly pop-ups at Alexandria’s Port City Brewing, offering both do-it-yourself pizza kits and finished pizzas, and the restaurant will host a farewell celebration on Oct. 4 with free pizza and souvenirs. Four other Pizzeria Paradiso locations in the Washington D.C. area are still open.

Source: Courtesy of Curtis L. via Yelp

Washington: HaNa Sushi
> Location: Seattle

The longest-running business in Capitol Hill’s popular Broadway Alley mall, opened in 1989, HaNa was described on the Vanishing Seattle Facebook page as “relaxed, homey & down to earth, with a steady stream of regulars & folks who’ve been coming here for decades.” They won’t be coming any longer. Owner Aung Aung confirmed HaNa’s permanent demise to the Capitol Hill Seattle blog, saying “Now is a very hard time. I don’t know about Broadway right now.”

Source: Courtesy of America Eats Tavern by José Andrés via Facebook

Washington, D.C.: America Eats Tavern by José Andrés
> Location: Washington D.C.

Peripatetic chef-restaurateur and humanitarian José Andrés opened the original America Eats in 2011 as a pop-up on the site of his Café Atlántico to coincide with an American food exhibition called “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” at the National Archives. It moved from there to the suburb of Tysons Corner, Virginia, and then, two years ago, to Georgetown. In late June, a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page announced that “we will not be reopening in our current home, we look forward to revisiting this concept in the future.”