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Chain restaurants that closed for good because of the pandemic

Chain restaurants that closed for good because of the pandemic

As we are all very aware, the pandemic has created a devastating economic situation for millions of people around the world. It’s a tragedy that frankly has caused lives, and not just because people are dying of the virus, but people are dying from depression-related ailments and suicides due to the unbearable stress economic difficulty presents. And while virtually every corner of the economy has been damaged, the sector bearing the brunt of the beating is the hospitality and tourism sector, with restaurants being the face of that world.

Why are Restaurants the face of that world?

Why are restaurants the face of that world? Because, every town in America has a restaurant, and therefore it is very easy for rank-and-file citizens to witness the demise of the restaurant industry, and by extension the hospitality and tourism industry. All it takes is a drive down any main street in America to notice the empty restaurants and cafes and realize that something is terribly amiss.

And in case you’re wondering, here is a list of recognizable restaurant chains that are closing locations FOR GOOD as a result of the pandemic:

  • TGI Fridays‘ has closed 386 locations
  • Steak ‘n Shake has closed 51 locations
  • Denny’s has closed 16 locations
  • Ruby Tuesday has closed 147 locations
  • IHOP has closed 50 locations
  • Starbucks has closed 400 locations
  • McDonald’s has closed 200 locations

Conclusion

It’s a tragedy what’s happening to these restaurants, but it’s even more tragic to realize that behind every restaurant or food truck closure are lost jobs and heartbroken employees and owners. So, if you’re in a position where you have the opportunity to support a local restaurant, whether chain or not, please consider making an order. These establishments are bending over backwards to accommodate any business they can muster, including offering delivery and curbside services.