18 Restaurant Chains That Have Filed for Bankruptcy

John Csiszar
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The coronavirus pandemic has devastated the restaurant industry. By mid-April of 2020, an estimated 30,000 American restaurants had closed for good and more than 110,000 were expected to shutter by the end of October, according to estimates from the National Restaurant Association. And chain restaurants have not been immune from these closures. Some classic chain restaurants had already been facing tough times amid stiff competition from newer fast-casual restaurants, and were forced to close underperforming locations to cut their losses. The pandemic only made things worse.

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GOBankingRates rounded up all the major U.S. restaurants that have declared bankruptcy this year. Find out if your favorite spot is on the verge of extinction.

Last updated: April 12, 2021

Krystal
Krystal

Krystal Holdings

  • Bankruptcy date: January 19

  • Assets: $401 million

  • Restaurant(s): Krystal

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Bar Louie
Bar Louie

Sun Capital Partners

  • Bankruptcy date: January 27

  • Assets: N/A

  • Restaurant(s): Bar Louie

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pumpkin-pie
pumpkin-pie

American Blue Ribbon Holdings

  • Bankruptcy date: January 27

  • Assets: $14 million

  • Restaurant(s): Village Inn, Baker’s Square

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Philadelphia Cheesesteak Flatbread or Panini sandwich made with steak, provolone cheese and saute onions and bell peppers.
Philadelphia Cheesesteak Flatbread or Panini sandwich made with steak, provolone cheese and saute onions and bell peppers.

Cosi

  • Bankruptcy date: February 24

  • Assets: $40 million

  • Restaurant(s): Cosi

Buffalo, New York, USA - September 22, 2019: The BRAVO Cucina Italiana restaurant at Walden Galleria in Buffalo; an Italian chain serving pasta, grilled dishes, pizza & cocktails amid Roman-ruin decor.
Buffalo, New York, USA - September 22, 2019: The BRAVO Cucina Italiana restaurant at Walden Galleria in Buffalo; an Italian chain serving pasta, grilled dishes, pizza & cocktails amid Roman-ruin decor.

FoodFirst Restaurants

  • Bankruptcy date: April 10

  • Assets: $307 million

  • Restaurant(s): Brio Tuscan Grill, Bravo Italian Kitchen

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Brynn Anderson/AP/Shutterstock (10329278u)Plantation Police Department Sgt.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Brynn Anderson/AP/Shutterstock (10329278u)Plantation Police Department Sgt.

TooJay's Management

  • Bankruptcy date: April 29

  • Assets: $50 million

  • Restaurant(s): TooJay’s Deli – Bakery – Restaurant

spicy-tuna-roll
spicy-tuna-roll

Sustainable Restaurant Group

  • Bankruptcy date: May 12

  • Assets: $10 million

  • Restaurant(s): Bamboo Sushi, Quickfish

Mandatory Credit: Photo by AFF-USA/Shutterstock (10646143b)SouplantationBusiness storefronts and signage in light of COVID-19 restrictions, Northridge, USA - 13 May 2020.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by AFF-USA/Shutterstock (10646143b)SouplantationBusiness storefronts and signage in light of COVID-19 restrictions, Northridge, USA - 13 May 2020.

Garden Fresh Restaurants

  • Bankruptcy date: May 14

  • Assets: $50 million

  • Restaurant(s): Souplantation, Sweet Tomatoes

PHILADELPHIA, PA -4 OCT 2018- View of a Le Pain Quotidien restaurant on the street in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
PHILADELPHIA, PA -4 OCT 2018- View of a Le Pain Quotidien restaurant on the street in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

PQ New York 9

  • Bankruptcy date: May 27

  • Assets: $3 million

  • Restaurant(s): Le Pain Quotidien

variety of different beers
variety of different beers

BarFly Ventures

  • Bankruptcy date: June 3

  • Assets: $1 million

  • Restaurant(s): HopCat, Stella’s Lounge, Grand Rapids Brewing Co.

Chuck-E-Cheese-Entertainment
Chuck-E-Cheese-Entertainment

CEC Entertainment

  • Bankruptcy date: June 25

  • Assets: $1.7 billion

  • Restaurant(s): Chuck E. Cheese

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Richard Drew/AP/Shutterstock (6138059a)A dish is prepped at the Fig & Olive restaurant, near New York's Rockefeller Center, in New York.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Richard Drew/AP/Shutterstock (6138059a)A dish is prepped at the Fig & Olive restaurant, near New York's Rockefeller Center, in New York.

Luxury Dining Group

  • Bankruptcy date: July 3

  • Assets: $10 million

  • Restaurant(s): Fig & Olive

Honolulu,HI, USA - November 25, 2016: California Pizza Kitchen: California Pizza Kitchen in the Ala Moana Center, Since 1985, CPK is know for it's innovative cuisine.
Honolulu,HI, USA - November 25, 2016: California Pizza Kitchen: California Pizza Kitchen in the Ala Moana Center, Since 1985, CPK is know for it's innovative cuisine.

Golden Gate Capital

  • Bankruptcy date: July 29

  • Assets: $13.5 million

  • Restaurant(s): California Pizza Kitchen

Green spinach pasta with tomatoes and parsley.
Green spinach pasta with tomatoes and parsley.

K.G. IM LLC

  • Bankruptcy date: July 30

  • Assets: $50 million

  • Restaurant(s): Il Mulino

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Vegetable Salad With Cheese And Glasses Of Rakia On Wooden Table.
Vegetable Salad With Cheese And Glasses Of Rakia On Wooden Table.

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill

  • Bankruptcy date: Aug. 12

  • Assets: 1 million

  • Restaurant(s): Garbanzo

New York, New York, USA - November 7, 2019: Maison Kayser bakery and boulangerie on 34th Street in midtown Manhattan.
New York, New York, USA - November 7, 2019: Maison Kayser bakery and boulangerie on 34th Street in midtown Manhattan.

Cosmoledo

  • Bankruptcy date: September 10

  • Assets: $10 million

  • Restaurant(s): Maison Kayser

restaurant environment - honey pork rib steak with herb served on white plate dish with fresh salad in background.
restaurant environment - honey pork rib steak with herb served on white plate dish with fresh salad in background.

Sizzler USA

  • Bankruptcy date: Sept. 21

  • Assets: $1 million

  • Restaurant(s): Sizzler

Kokomo - Circa August 2017: Ruby Tuesday Casual Restaurant Location.
Kokomo - Circa August 2017: Ruby Tuesday Casual Restaurant Location.

NRD Capital Management

  • Bankruptcy date: October 7

  • Assets: $146 million

  • Restaurant(s): Ruby Tuesday

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Jordan Rosenfeld contributed to the reporting for this article.

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