This Beloved Burger Chain Just Closed 5 More Locations
It's been a tough year for one of America's favorite fast-casual burger spots. Though Red Robin has bounced back slightly after sales plummeted by half during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the chain recently announced that five locations have closed their doors for good.
After months of high losses, only six of the 35 restaurants temporarily closed due to the pandemic were able to reopen. Just under 550 Red Robin locations across the country remain after two others shut down earlier this year. The whereabouts of the five shuttered eateries aren't known at this time, but Eat This, Not That! has reached out to the company for more information. (Here are 9 Restaurant Chains That Closed Hundreds of Locations This Summer.)
Red Robin put up a good fight to keep itself afloat and stave off even more closures. In addition to offering curbside pickup, the restaurant expanded outdoor seating and stopped paying full rent for its headquarters.
A limited menu was introduced to streamline ordering—but with a brand-new item never before seen at the fast-casual chain. In partnership with Donatos Pizza, Red Robin began offering pies at more than 30 locations in the Seattle area, after locations in Ohio, North Carolina, Cleveland, and Arizona were the first to see pizza on the menu in the fall of 2019.
Other restaurants are facing similar challenges to Red Robin's—or worse. Chipotle was recently forced to shut down or limit hours at some stores after employees contracted COVID-19. Meanwhile, some of your favorite sweet spots have disappeared. Here are 4 Bakery Chains Quietly Vanishing This Year.