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

Source: Courtesy of Bill W. via Yelp

Georgia: Kouzina Christos
> Location: Atlanta

Opened by Greek immigrants John and Maria Giannes in 1979 and more recently run by their son Christos, this well-liked East Cobb area establishment, which has occupied three different locations over the years, closed on Dec. 5. The younger Giannes wrote on Facebook, “I have decided to curtail talks with landlord over options to remain operational,” adding, “My heart goes out to the independent operators, their staffs and their families, struggling to navigate the unknown and unpredictable course of Covid-19.”

Source: Courtesy of Amanda W. via Yelp

Illinois: Tutto Italiano
> Location: Chicago

Known for its casual but authentic Italian cuisine and its unusual train-car dining room, this 27-year old establishment served its last meal at the end of December. Owners Val and Sonny Dervishi wrote on the restaurant Facebook page on Dec. 18 that they were “devastated,” but although they survived “the dot com bubble, 9/11, and the 2008 housing and financial crisis,” the pandemic “has brought us beyond the point of not being able to meet our obligations.”

Indiana: Three Floyds Brewpub
> Location: Munster

For almost 25 years, Three Floyds Brewing has produced some of America’s most delicious beers, and in 2005 it opened a brewpub adjacent to the brewery. Serving such fare as cheese curds, fish & chips, and smothered calzones, it became, according to the regional news publication NWI.com, “a major draw to Northwest Indiana for years.” The brewpub closed permanently as of Dec. 1. A letter to investors, signed by brewery founder Nick Flyod and his team, said, “As many of you know, this pandemic has not been kind to the restaurant industry, and we are no exception.” Three Floyds will continue to brew its popular beers.

Kansas: Brookville Hotel
> Location: Abilene

Mark and Connie Martin opened this popular fried-chicken emporium in 2000, but it traces its origins to a small 1870-vintage hotel and restaurant in nearby Brookville, bought by the Martin family in 1894. Despite the establishment’s long history — and recognition as an “American Classic” by the James Beard Foundation in 2007 — the place became yet another victim of the pandemic in late September. Martin told WION-TV that he usually cleared $50,000 a year in profits, but by the time he shut down last year he had already lost $50,000.

Source: Courtesy of K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen via Facebook

Louisiana: K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen
> Location: New Orleans

The demise of the legendary K-Paul’s last mid-July is one of the most significant of all COVID-related restaurant closures. This highly influential Cajun establishment was opened in 1979 by chef Paul Prudhomme and his wife, Kay, and it soon became a Crescent City bucket-list destination, with lines forming nightly outside. With such vividly flavored dishes as the iconic blackened redfish, K-Paul’s ignited a nationwide craze for Cajun cooking. Kay died of cancer in 1993 and Prudhomme passed away in 2015, but the place stayed open under the chef’s niece, Brenda Prudhomme, and her chef husband, Paul Miller.

After several coronavirus-mandated closings and reopenings earlier this year, though, they issued a statement on July 13 “regretfully announcing permanent closure of K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen.” Miller explained to NOLA.com that “The business has been bleeding through this, and you can only bleed so much before you have to stop it.”

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