Every Fast-Casual Restaurant That's Closed Locations This Year
The coronavirus pandemic is killing the restaurant industry, and it's not just local businesses that are affected. Plenty of chain restaurants have closed during the pandemic, too. Pretty much all of your favorite chains saw at least a few closures this year.
Here are some of the most well-known fast-casual restaurant chains that have lost locations in 2020.
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Sad news for pizza lovers: Pizza Hut is closing as many as 300 locations. We'll miss the stuffed crust and those delicious breadsticks.
Pie Five and Pizza Inn
Pizza Hut isn't the only fast-casual pizza chain that's struggling during the pandemic. Pie Five and Pizza Inn have closed locations this year.
This ready-to-eat chain has been struggling in the U.S. during the pandemic. Pret-A-Manger closed all of its locations in Chicago and Boston.
Le Pain Quotidien
After declaring bankruptcy and closing its locations, Le Pain Quotidien was bought this summer, which means some locations of the beloved fast-casual chain will likely reopen.
Rubio's Coastal Grill
This Mexican restaurant chain closed 26 locations this year. We'll miss the fish tacos.
Jason's Deli has closed more than 20 locations this year. As much as we love the self-serve soft-serve machine, we admit it's not the most COVID-friendly.
Some Fuddruckers locations are still open, but others have closed as the restaurant chain struggles during the pandemic. And as of September, the chain is up for sale.
Specialty's Cafe & Bakery
In June, Restaurant Business reported that this pizza chain was down to just 13 locations after multiple closures in California and Las Vegas.
Quizno's has been slowly disappearing for a while, and 2020 saw more closures for the sub chain. One Quizno's in South Hill, Washington, has closed, and the original Quizno's location in Denver has been listed as being for lease.
This small, fast-casual chain has closed all of its locations. RIP, Pizza Cucinova.
Boston Market closed 45 locations in 2019, and 2020 brought more closures for the chain. At least two Boston Market locations in New Jersey have closed this year. But it's not all bad news: Boston Market has opened five new locations in the Philadelphia area.
In January, Taco Cabana announced that it was closing 19 restaurant locations in Texas. And that was before the pandemic shook the United States.
Noodles and Company
Manhattan lost two of its four Panera locations in 2020. And at least one other Panera has been lost in West Nyack, New York, too.
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This story has been updated to include information about Boston Market opening five new locations in the Philadelphia area.