The socially conscious Firebox, a farm-to-table restaurant opened in 2007 by the Melville Charitable Trust with a mission that included bringing “jobs, investment, and opportunity to the community,” will not be reopening. “It has become clear that we are simply unable to sustain the restaurant in its current form going forward,” according to a statement issued by Firebox representatives in early June.
Georgia: Anne and Bill’s
>Location: Forest Park
After 46 years in business in this Atlanta suburb, Anne and Bill’s — known for its meat-and-three menu (various meats served with a variety of side dishes), its breakfasts, and its homemade desserts — is going out of business. A statement from the restaurant in mid-May said that “our sales have dropped so low that we cannot continue to operate….”
Until mid-May, legendary Chicago Bears coach and player Mike Ditka was a partner in five Ditka’s restaurants — three in the Chicago area and one each in Pittsburgh and Phoenix. Now, after almost a quarter of a century in business, the original Ditka’s, in Chicago’s Tremont Hotel, has shut down. A post on the restaurant’s Facebook page announced that “We have made the extremely difficult decision to close…due to the economic impact of COVID-19 and the short term left on our lease.”
An offshoot of an upscale Los Angeles-based Japanese restaurant with a celebrity clientele opened in Chicago three years ago, specializing in creative sushi offerings and top-of-the-line wagyu beef cooked on charcoal imported from Japan. The group that owns Katana (in addition to L.A., there is another location in Dubai) announced in mid-May that it would not be reopening.
Maine: Joseph’s Fireside Steakhouse
State rules for social distancing have spelled the end for this popular steakhouse, opened in 2011. Co-owner Kevin Joseph told Waterville’s Morning Sentinel that he felt unable to safely seat more than 40 people at the most, and that “Operating at this limited capacity we would not be able to generate enough revenue to pay the bills.”