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10 Fast Food Restaurants That Won't Reopen Anytime Soon

It's looking like these popular chains won't offer dine-in services for a while.

Things certainly have changed around the world, including how some of our beloved fast-food restaurants are operating. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, we are seeing numerous restaurants of all kinds shuttering their doors until further notice. They are doing this in the best interest of their customers and their employees, making sure everyone is kept safe and healthy. However, that doesn't mean you can't order from your favorite fast-food restaurants right now!

Numerous fast-food restaurants are solely offering takeout, drive-thru, and delivery services for the time being. With no apparent end to the pandemic, these restaurants will continue to prohibit dine-in services at their restaurants, meaning they won't be officially open any time soon.

Here are a few that continue to keep their doors closed, as well as other ways you can order and get your favorite beloved meals from them right now.


Arbys exterior

Until further notice, Arby's has closed its doors to keep guests and employees healthy and safe. While they have temporarily closed the option for dine-in seating, there is the option for drive-thrus and ordering through third-party delivery services like DoorDash and Uber Eats. Walk-ups and curbside ordering are also an option at select Arby's locations.

Carl's Jr.

carls jr restaurant

Carl's Jr. is also closed for dine-in seating and has shifted to a drive-thru and to-go ordering model until further notice. However, they are offering delivery through apps like Uber Eats, Postmates, and DoorDash.


Chick fil a

After remaining closed for quite some time, starting on May 1, Chick-Fil-A started opening some of their stores for carry-out. While dining in is no longer allowed—which includes the use of facility playgrounds—guests can receive meals through contactless ordering. There will be signs within the premises that promote social distancing while waiting in line.

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in-n-out burger restaurant
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Just like Chick-Fil-A, In-n-Out opened up for takeout-only service starting on May 4. The drive-thru lane is open for customers, but for any customers who aren't able to use it, there are options to have their takeout food delivered to customers right outside. Any stores without drive-thru service are closed until further notice. At the moment, no one will be able to walk within the In-n-Out premises.


kfc restaurant exterior

Since Mar. 19, KFC has offered drive-thru, carryout, and delivery services to their customers. While dining rooms will remain open for those to-go and carryout orders, dining on the premises are still prohibited. You can order on and pick up your meal at the designated area at the location, or order for delivery.

Panda Express

Panda express

Panda Express is taking precautions to ensure customers and employees are perfectly safe while ordering food. Social distancing is enforced within the premises, as well as contactless pickup. You can order for pickup at your local Panda Express through their website. And don't forget their $20 family meal deal they have right now.

Taco Bell

Taco bell restaurant

Taco Bell continues to offer drive-thru service for customers. They are also continuously offering ways to help donate to organizations helping others right now, so keep an eye out on their website for ways your dinner purchase can actually help a good cause.

Shake Shack

shake shack storefront

Starting on Mar. 16, Shake Shack shifted to a "to-go" only ordering model within all of their U.S. company-owned restaurants, and will remain that way for the foreseeable future.You can order pre-order for pickup through their website or the Shack App, as well as delivery through companies like Grubhub, Seamless, Postmates, DoorDash, Caviar, and UberEats.


Qdoba grill
Courtesy of Qdoba

Just like most fast-food chains, Qdoba is only offering to-go orders and suspending their dine-in services. As their press release says "we are serving, just not seating." You can continue to order online for pickup or through delivery with DoorDash and Uber Eats.

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Wendy's exterior

While we all love a good trip to Wendy's for a frosty and some fries, dining in at your local chain is just not an option right now. You can order for takeout or through delivery with DoorDash, Grubhub, and Postmates. And if you haven't taken advantage of their breakfast menu yet, they are offering a free Breakfast Baconator® with any breakfast purchase in their app!

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Kiersten Hickman
Kiersten Hickman is a freelance health and nutrition journalist. Read more about Kiersten