50 Popular Restaurants That Won’t Reopen After the Pandemic

Source: Courtesy of Jake's Restaurant & Bar via Facebook

New Jersey: Jake’s Restaurant & Bar
> Location: Flemington

A staple in Flemington, a Hunterdon County town southwest of Newark, for almost 30 years, Jake’s was a combination fine-dining restaurant and sports bar. The owners announced on April 9 that their temporary closing had become permanent.

Source: Courtesy of The Cooperage via Facebook

New Mexico: The Cooperage
> Location: Albuquerque

Opened in 1976, this prime rib restaurant, also noted for its salad bar, announced at the beginning of April that it had shuttered for good. The loss of wedding and catering business was a contributing factor.

Source: Courtesy of The Chef & The Cook via Facebook

New York: The Chef & the Cook
> Location: Baldwinsville

This two-year-old establishment in the Syracuse metropolitan area became the first restaurant in Central New York State to announce that it would not reopen once the coronavirus shut-down ended. The owners decided in late March to pull the plug, noting that their lease was due for renewal soon anyway.

Source: Courtesy of Coogan’s NYC via Facebook

New York: Coogan’s
> Location: New York City

This Irish pub and restaurant in Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood — which styled itself “America’s #1 Runners Restaurant” — closed its doors on March 17 for what was initially going to be a limited period of time. On April 21, however, the owners posted a statement on the Coogan’s website saying “We had hoped to open them again but sadly that is not possible.”

Source: Courtesy of Daddy-O NYC via Facebook

New York: Daddy-O
> Location: New York City

A Greenwich Village dive bar and restaurant, Daddy-O was a favorite hangout for New York City chefs until it closed up earlier this month. It had an upstate New York vibe, as expressed by dishes like Buffalo wings and the Rochester specialty the “garbage plate” (involving fried potatoes, hot dogs, baked beans, meat sauce, and other ingredients). Owner Phil Casaceli has confirmed the closing but provided no details about the restaurant’s demise.

Source: Courtesy of Gotham via Yelp

New York: Gotham Bar & Grill
> Location: New York City

The most famous restaurant to shut down for good in the face of the pandemic — so far — Gotham had recently weathered the departure of chef Alfred Portale, who had been in charge of the kitchen for more than 30 years. However, a statement by a spokesperson explained, “the unforeseen situation created by the coronavirus has made operation of the restaurant untenable.”

Source: Courtesy of Lucky Strike via Yelp

New York: Lucky Strike
> Location: New York City

Opened in 1989 by noted Manhattan restaurant mogul Keith McNally, this SoHo bistro initially provided takeout and delivery services when in-house dining was banned, like many other places. It stopped doing that in late March, before announcing in April that it would not be reopening. McNally — whose other restaurants include the acclaimed Balthazar and Minetta Tavern — was himself hospitalized in London with COVID-19 in early April.

Source: Courtesy of Elyse F. via Yelp

Ohio: Parkers Blue Ash Tavern
> Location: Cincinnati

A suburban Cincinnati favorite, serving steak and seafood in an upscale environment for almost 40 years, the Tavern has posted a message on its website reading in part “Due to the uncertainty associated with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the restaurant industry, and Parkers Blue Ash Tavern in particular, it has been very difficult for us to plan a reopening.”