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7 Beloved Burger Chains That May Close For Good

Say goodbye to some super iconic burgers (plus fries and shakes, too).
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It's no secret that restaurants are struggling to keep up with changes to safety measures recently. Many are seeing sales rise and just as many are seeing sales fall. Even some famous and historic chain restaurants are feeling the effects of the pandemic. And it's not looking good for a few — locations of some burger chains closing for good may surprise you.

Here are restaurants that have permanently locked some of their doors permanently, taking their memorable and classic patties with them.


Steak 'n shake

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The iconic burger and shake chain that has been open since 1934 closed over 50 locations permanently because the pandemic hurt sales. While 300 are still in operation, the company is looking to sell many of them off to those who want to franchise them.

Related: 25 Iconic Restaurants That Are Gone Forever



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In April, the company announced that some employees in the corporate office were being laid off and others furloughed. The chain recently underwent a make-over to the outside of their restaurants, and some dining rooms are reopened at a limited capacity. But with the number of coronavirus cases on the rise again, we won't know for sure if the chain makes it through for a little while longer. Yelp Says This Is How Many Restaurants Have Quietly Closed for Good, and Whataburger could end up in a similar position.



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This burger favorite originated in texas in 1980 but has seen a steady drop in sales for a while now. Early last year its parent company, Luby's, said they were closing some locations, bringing the total number from 57 to 40. Over half of them closed temporarily because of the pandemic.

In June, Luby's announced that the whole company is now for sale in order to pay off outstanding debts, putting the future of "the world's greatest hamburgers" at Fuddruckers up in the air. Here are 7 other Regional Fast Food Chains You May Never See Again.


Red Robin

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The coronavirus pandemic has not been kind to this fast-casual burger restaurant, and so it's another one of the burger chains closing their doors. Sales fell significantly when restaurants were forced to transition to carryout, delivery, and drive-thru only. For Red Robin, that decrease was almost 50% one week in May. This is equal to a loss of over $30,700 in just seven days. They are currently operating the restaurants that are open with a limited menu in order to save money.




A majority of Zinburger locations were recently closed for good. In total, 18 wine and burger bars were shut down, 15 of which were on the East Coast. This leaves only six restaurants in Arizona (managed by a separate company) and two in New Jersey open and operating, according to Restaurant Business. If you're headed to one of those locations, Dr. Fauci Just Issued This New Important Warning About Restaurants.


Roy Rogers

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Roy Rogers is among the burger chains closing, and you won't find this regional favorite in many states anymore. Only Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania have operating locations.

They've recently seen sales increase slightly after setting up DoorDash services and making other updates to the menu and technology inside their restaurants. But when the coronavirus spread, they were forced to step back. They cut menu items and shut down the Fixin's Bar, according to QSR Magazine. One location is permanently closed because of the pandemic, and more could follow.



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Yep, the Baconator could be gone for good, but only in some areas. Last month NPC International Inc, the parent company of almost 400 franchised Wendy's locations, was in talks to file for chapter 11 bankruptcy because they are $800 million in debt. NPC also owns over 1,200 franchised Pizza Hut locations. So while this doesn't affect all Wendy's, one in your neighborhood could close their doors for good.

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda McDonald is a health and food writer and a certified yoga instructor. Read more
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