Maine: Uncle Andy’s Diner
> Location: Portland
Uncle Andy’s opened in 1954, establishing a strong local reputation for comforting diner classics — including made-to-order pancakes, which current proprietor Dennis Fogg would shape into dinosaurs or flowers to please his younger customers. The diner was struggling even before the virus hit — it was the subject of a makeover on the Food Network show “Restaurant Impossible” — but as Fogg explained to the Portland Press-Herald, “We’ve always been able to just get by, but now we can’t.”
Maryland: Döner Bistro
> Location: Frederick
A German-inspired Biergarten and grill (whose name references the Turkish sandwich that is popular street food in Germany), this establishment, opened in 2014, announced its permanent demise in mid-April. Another location, in Leesburg, Virginia, will remain open.
Massachusetts: The Table at Season to Taste
> Location: Cambridge
“Top Chef” finalist Carl Dooley has announced in early May that the 20-seat prix-fixe restaurant he ran, attached to the Season to Taste catering operation, is permanently out of business. Owner Robert Harris is restructuring his catering arm, launching a take-out and delivery brand called Season to Go, but felt that the restaurant had to go. “[T]his is the sad and harsh reality I and the teams I employ all had to face,” he said in a press release.
Massachusetts: Hattapon’s Thai Kitchen
> Location: Greenfield
When Massachusetts restaurants begin to reopen, this 14-year-old Thai favorite in the northern part of the state won’t be among them. The owners had already decided to close this spring for economic reasons, but the pandemic hurried things along, and also made it impossible for them to sell food at various local festivals as they had planned.
Minnesota: The Egg and I Diner
> Location: Minneapolis
The Egg and I had been serving breakfast dishes daily, for both breakfast and lunch, for more than 30 years. After it closed on March 17 in response to Minnesota governor Tim Walz’s order, the owner decided not to reopen and to sell the property instead. He still plans to reopen his second location, in St. Paul, when possible.
Missouri: Nick and Jake’s
> Location: Kansas City
The Main Street location of this small comfort-food chain — there are three others around the Kansas City area — will not reopen even after the pandemic subsides. The chain announced the decision on Facebook on April 6.
New Hampshire: The Joinery Restaurant
> Location: Newmarket
The proprietor of this six-year-old farm-to-table restaurant near Portsmouth decided in mid-March not to reopen even when he’s allowed to. “I didn’t feel it was prudent to take on more debt” that might be difficult to pay back, he said.