50 Most Popular Restaurants That Won’t Reopen After the Pandemic

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California: Louis’
> Location: San Francisco

A San Francisco restaurant icon that opened in 1937 above the remains of the historic 1894-vintage public swimming complex called Sutro Baths, Louis’s is no more. The owners — grandchildren of the original owners — posted a message on the restaurant Facebook page in mid-July reading in part “After much deliberation and a lot of tears we have decided after 83 continuous years of business…to close our business permanently.”

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California: Pacific Dining Car
> Location: Santa Monica

The original Pacific Dining Car in downtown L.A., founded in 1921 and probably the city’s best-known steakhouse, spawned this Westside location in 1990. Serving 24 hours a day until the coronavirus lockdown, it was considered a Santa Monica essential. The owners say that the combination of the pandemic crisis and curfews imposed during the recent protests made it untenable for the restaurant to reopen.

The contents of the place — including kitchen equipment, table settings, furniture, and paintings — were sold at auction in June.

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Colorado: 20th Street Café
> Location: Denver

After 74 years in business under three generations of the Okuno family, this neighborhood breakfast-and-lunch establishment has called it quits. The place has survived “up-turns and crazy downturns in the economy,” wrote current owners Rod and Karen Okuno on the restaurant website, “but this final one proved to be insurmountable for our little corner of the world.”

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Florida: Upland
> Location: Miami

Philadelphia restaurateur Steven Starr, who operates dozens of acclaimed restaurants in several states, permanently closed this California-style establishment — an offshoot of the popular Upland on Park Avenue in New York City– in early September. Besides shuttering, the restaurant filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, listing 17 creditors. “The realities of the impact of the pandemic and the gamble on the unknowns of when life will resume left this specific operating entity with little choice,” Starr told the Philadelphia Business Journal.

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Florida: Elize
> Location: Orlando

Aug. 22 was the last night for this well-reviewed offshoot of a restaurant with the same name in Utrecht, in The Netherlands. Elize chef Leon Mazairac — said to be a culinary celebrity in Holland — was hailed in March by Orlando Weekly as “one of the city’s best new chefs.” His menu of modern European small plates, however, was no match for COVID-19. “[T]he large economic impact resulting from the coronavirus pandemic has made it impossible for us to sustain operations,” wrote the restaurant’s owners on the Elize Facebook page.