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

Source: Courtesy of SA PA / Facebook

Massachusetts: SAPA
> Location: Hingham

This Asian fusion restaurant at the Hingham Shipyard marina, just southeast of Boston, stopped serving on Sept. 5. Though only two years old, it had built a local following and was convenient to local shops and the Boston ferry landing. “The severe restrictions on restaurant operations and the lengthy standstill of business and everyday life in Massachusetts have completely and unforeseeably made SAPA’s continued success impossible,” said Dan Nardo of Nardo & Associates, a crisis advisory firm working with the restaurant, in a press release.

Source: Courtesy of Dan R. via Yelp

Massachusetts: Legal Test Kitchen
> Location: Boston

A branch of the famed Massachusetts fish and shellfish chain Legal Seafoods, this once-bustling 15-year-old establishment in Boston’s Seaport district is now out of business, according to information reported on Aug. 27. “Due to the lack of area business and travel … “the company felt it didn’t make sense to reopen the location,” Legal explained to Boston.com. There is one other Test Kitchen location at the city’s Logan Airport (the idea was that the Test Kitchens would experiment on dishes not found on the chain’s usual menus). It is currently closed but will reopen in early fall. Meanwhile, 11 other Legal Seafood locations around the state remain open.

Source: fourseasons.com

Michigan: Wolfgang Puck Steak
> Location: Detroit

As further proof, if any were needed, that even restaurants run by world-famous celebrity chefs can’t necessarily survive the pandemic, Wolfgang Puck has announced that he will not reopen his eight-year-old upscale steakhouse in the MGM Grand Detroit casino. Though he hasn’t specifically blamed the effects of the coronavirus for the closure, the restaurant has been dark throughout the course of the pandemic, and business would now be restricted as Michigan has reopened casinos with only limited capacity. Earlier this year, two other Puck properties shut down — Five Sixty in Dallas and The Source in Washington, D.C.

Source: Courtesy of Markovski's Family Restaurant via Facebook

Michigan: Markovski’s Family Restaurant
> Location: Dearborn Heights

After 50 years in business in this suburb of Detroit, Markovski’s, famous for its stuffed cabbage, kielbasa, and other Polish specialties, has said goodbye. In a statement on Facebook, the proprietors declared that “A worldwide pandemic was the only thing that could separate our tightly knit family [and] if you were here, you were definitely family.”

Source: Courtesy of Butcher & the Boar via Facebook

Minnesota: Butcher & the Boar
> Location: Minneapolis

Aug. 31 was the last night of service for this downtown Minneapolis establishment — described by the Star Tribune as a “loud, lively, fun-loving restaurant” with “a one-of-a-kind” menu attracting “crowds and critical acclaim.” A sign posted on the door of the 8-year-old restaurant read in part, “Due to Covid 19 and the unrest in Minneapolis we are sadly closing our doors permanently.” A second location in Charleston, South Carolina, remains open.

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