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7 Iconic Restaurants That Have Closed This Year

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The restaurant industry has been one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Thousands of restaurants have closed, including both chain restaurants and local eateries.

Here are some of the most iconic restaurants that have closed since the pandemic started earlier this year.

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McDonald's Times Square, New York City


You might think that if any company can afford rent in Times Square, it's McDonald's. But this summer, the 42nd Street McDonald's closed. There's still another, newer McDonald's location in Times Square at 45th and Broadway, but it doesn't have the iconic marquee signs the other location did.

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Loeb Boathouse, New York City

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In Central Park, you can spend a day paddling rowboats and end it with a nice meal at the Loeb Boathouse restaurant. Or, you could, until the iconic restaurant closed its doors and laid off its employees. The restaurant could open again next year, but nothing is definite.

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Cheeseburger in Paradise, New Jersey

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We have some bad news for Jimmy Buffett fans. The last location of this restaurant, named for the singer's famous lyrics, closed in September.


The Restaurant at Meadowood, California

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Sadly, this iconic restaurant was destroyed by wildfires in California, not by the pandemic. It was located at a resort and had three Michelin stars.


Souplantation / Sweet Tomatoes

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Buffets aren't COVID-friendly, so it's not a huge surprise that all Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes locations have closed. We'll miss those blueberry muffins.


TGI Fridays

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This iconic restaurant chain isn't gone entirely. But this summer, it was reported that TGI Fridays was closing 70 locations nationwide. So you might have to say goodbye to some of your favorites, like the chain's wings and loaded potato skins.


Pizza Hut

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Pizza Hut is another classic American chain forced to close many of its locations during the pandemic. Pizza Hut is closing 300 locations nationwide. Yikes.

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Meghan De Maria
Meghan De Maria is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food, product, and restaurant coverage. Read more