50 Popular Restaurants That Won’t Reopen After the Pandemic

Source: Courtesy of Roma Ristorante via Facebook

Pennsylvania: Roma Ristorante
> Location: Huntington Township (Allentown)

Opened in 2010 in Lehigh Valley’s Airport Shopping Center, this “popular spot for pizza, pasta and other Italian fare” (according to The Morning Call), which closed for what was expected to be a temporary period on March 21, announced in mid-July that it has ceased operations. “Due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19,” read a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page, “it is with a heavy heart that we have closed Roma Ristorante….”

Source: Courtesy of Sue V. via Yelp

Pennsylvania: R2L
> Location: Philadelphia

Chef Daniel Stern’s high-end lounge and restaurant on the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place in downtown Philadelphia has shut down permanently. Its website and Facebook page are now offline, but Eater Philadelphia reported that a statement on the latter read, “Prior to the mandated Covid-19 closure, we had been actively planning to serve you all for another decade. That is not to be.”

Source: Courtesy of Ritz Barbecue via Facebook

Pennsylvania: Ritz Barbecue
> Location: Allentown

Described by the Morning Call as “An Allentown landmark restaurant where generations of families gathered for barbecue, banana splits, milkshakes and more,” the Ritz grew out of a fairgrounds stand established in 1927 and moved to its present site 10 years later. The current owners, Jeff and Grace Stinner, who took over in 1981, announced in mid-June that they would not reopen. Though the restaurant had been for sale since 2019, Grace stressed to the Morning Call that the pandemic is to blame for their recent decision. “We did want to stay open until someone else took over,” she said, “but that’s not feasible now.”

Source: Courtesy of FARMiCiA Restaurant via Facebook

Pennsylvania: FARMiCiA
> Location: Philadelphia

This 15-year-old Old City establishment — whose mission statement reads “Our emphasis on local, seasonal ingredients is based on our support for sustainable agriculture & to the growing demand for healthy, creative cuisine” — has called it a day. “It is with a sad heart and with deepest regrets,” read a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page in mid-May, “that FARMiCiA Restaurant will be permanently closing its doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.”

Source: Courtesy of Pantea T. via Yelp

Rhode Island: Oatley’s Family Restaurant
> Location: North Kingstown

After 44 years of serving Rhode Island johnnycakes and other comfort food in this community just west of Newport, “The era of Oatley’s has come to a close,” according to a post by owner Jill Oatley on the Our Town: North Kingstown Facebook page. She called the COVID-related decision not to reopen a “bittersweet ending.”