50 Popular Restaurants That Won’t Reopen After the Pandemic

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New York: Bravo Nader
> Location: Huntington

Cairo-born Nader Gebrin, who opened this Long Island restaurant in 1996, serving what Newsday called “an eclectic quasi-Italian menu,” will not be reopening. “I have to make $14,000 to break even every week,” he told the publication. “But two weeks before I closed I made $6,700; the next week I made $2,700. I paid my employees in full and I said to them, ‘Guys, it’s been a pleasure, but I can’t be a hero anymore.'”

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New York: Aureole
> Location: New York City

Celebrity chef Charlie Palmer announced in mid-June that his upscale 32-year-old Aureole, which relocated to 42nd Street across from Bryant Park in 2009, would not be reopening. However, said Palmer on the Aureole website, “Moving through these uncertain times and with a changing industry landscape, we remain dedicated to offering our loyal patrons the very best in American cuisine … .” That means “boutique-style take-out,” as the website explains, plus wines and craft cocktails and an Aureole catering operation. Palmer will eventually open a steakhouse on the site, with fewer seats to meet social distancing requirements, and he has left open the possibility of opening a smaller Aureole at another location at some future time.

Source: Courtesy of Ellen P. via Yelp

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.

Source: Courtesy of Toro NYC via Yelp

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.”

Source: Courtesy of Chris L. via Yelp

North Carolina: Queen City Q
> Location: Charlotte

The website for this eight-year-old barbecue restaurant now shows only a photo of a sign that used to hang on the door during off hours: It’s a metal cutout of a pig with the words “Sorry we’re closed.” Queen City took a break initially in mid-March when the coronavirus first threatened. It later tentatively reopened, but closed again during protests against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The decision by the Republican National Committee to move most of this year’s GOP convention from Charlotte to Florida was the last straw, managing partner Bryan Meredith told the Charlotte Observer.