Saddest Restaurant Closings of 2018

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Why did these places shutter? A variety of reasons. In some cases, leases were up and were too expensive to renew. Other places closed because they just weren’t making it due to a variety of economic factors. Income inequality affects restaurants just like it impacts the citizenry at large. Very few of the approximately 650,000 eating places around the country can claim to be among the highest grossing restaurants in America.

In some cases, restaurants bowed out after their chefs or other key figures were accused of sexual harassment or worse. Sometimes, the chef-proprietors just got tired of being in the front lines (and on the cooking line) as they grew older. And unfortunately, some places (though none in this list) go out of business because they simply weren’t very good. Here are 16 signs you’re eating in a bad restaurant.

Restaurant closings can be sad for several reasons. Some have long been an important part of their communities, and their sudden absence seems to leave a hole in community life. Some open with great promise, to rave reviews, only to be defeated by poor business decisions. Still others brought new kinds of food to an experience-hungry clientele, building expectations, then dashing hopes.


Perhaps the saddest of all restaurant closings are those mentioned above whose chefs or restaurateurs have betrayed the trust of their employees, harassing and abusing them, making the continued existence of their establishments untenable. When restaurants like this close their doors, they not only impoverish the culinary landscape but also rob scores or even hundreds of employees of their livelihoods through no fault of their own. That these closings are deserved, doesn’t make them any less unfortunate. Let’s just hope that there won’t have to be many more examples this year.

To assemble our list of the saddest restaurant closings of 2018, 24/7 Wall St. consulted scores of restaurant news and review sites and local and regional magazine and newspaper sites from across the nation.