30 Popular Restaurants That Won’t Reopen After the Pandemic

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Nevada: Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro
>Location: Las Vegas

The Venetian and Palazzo hotel and casino complex has reopened, but one of its restaurants, the 12-year-old Morels, is not following suit. “Unfortunately,” the owners told Eater Vegas, “these uncertain economic times brought on by COVID-19 has made it impossible to survive as an independent restaurant operator in a hotel with an estimated occupancy less than 50 percent for the foreseeable future.”

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New York: Beyoglu
>Location: New York City

“COVID-19 has caused huge financial damage to our business,” read a notice posted in the window of this Turkish restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. “In this current situation we are not able to keep our common home alive.” The statement also noted that the place had been unable to extend its lease. “It has been a great 20+ years,” the letter continued. “We wish we could be able to say GoodBye in different ways.”

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New York: Jewel Bako
>Location: New York City

A sign in the window of this well-loved Michelin-starred sushi bar near Manhattan’s Cooper Square, posted in mid-May, announced an “open house sale” of kitchen goods, appliances, and equipment, as well as wine “for cheap.” In 2018, Jewel Bako’s owners opened a chef’s counter place next door called Restaurant Ukiyo, which also won a Michelin star. A statement on the Ukiyo website announced officially that both establishments have closed for good.

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New York: Toro
>Location: New York City

Noted Boston chef-restaurateurs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette have permanently closed the once-bustling Manhattan location of this tapas restaurant, opened in 2013. The original Boston restaurant and a location in Dubai remain in business. “Toro NYC has come to the end of our journey,” reads a statement on the restaurant’s Instagram page, “and the staff will not have a restaurant home to come back to when this pandemic ends.”

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North Carolina: Cameron Bar & Grill
>Location: Raleigh

Opened 10 years ago in Raleigh’s Cameron Village shopping center, this restaurant, specializing in “great American cuisine,” has made (according to its website) “the difficult decision to permanently close, effective immediately.” A sister restaurant in Raleigh, Edwards Mill Bar and Grill, will remain open.