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These Famous Restaurant Chains Are Closing Its Doors In 2020

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In the heated cloud kitchens race, some restaurants are losing the battle. It might be time to say your favorite burritos goodbye. But, what can make a decades-old business shut their door today?

Restaurants are closing for many reasons: the market may be too demanding, the location is not that great, after all. Maybe the chain itself goes down the hill. So, brace yourself! Take your tissues out and see if your favorite restaurant is on this list of 30 popular chains that are closing their stores for good.

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30. Luby’s

Luby’s “tastes like Texas” no more, according to business development lately. It seems that people in Texas are losing their interest in Luby’s chicken fried steak and fried broccoli.

Just in the last quarter, sales were down for 3.1%, and customers are simply not coming. Luby’s management closed it’s most troubled locations. In one year, Luby’s went from 84 to 80 restaurants.

29. Kona Grill

Kona Grill has been struggling from day one. Still, they managed to open 40 stores since 1998.

The chain filed for bankruptcy in the spring of 2019, and it seems that Kona Grill is destined to fail. Even their CEO is considering leaving the company. Is it ok to leave the sinking ship?

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28. HomeTown Buffet

From its opening in 1989, until recently, Hometown Buffethad more than 250 stores across the States. Hometown Buffet was a family favorite for many years, until 2008.

In 2008 the chain filed for bankruptcy, and 52 stored were closed immediately. Later on, Food Management bought them, and stores were cut from 250 to 33 just in 2019.

27. Fuddruckers, The World’s Greatest Burger

Fuddruckers is known for baking buns and grinding meat on-site. They also have amazing creamy milkshakes. Just in the States, Fuddruckers had 111 franchises and 77 branches.

But, 2008 hit them hard as well, and they filled for bankruptcy in 2010. Fingers managements cut on some locations, but not on quality.

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26. Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons is the largest fast-food chain in Canada. Tim Hortons was founded by a Canadian hockey player, Tim Horton, like a hamburger venture.

However, Tim Hortons went far from a hamburger place and became a donut and coffee shop instead. Tim Hortons had 4,848 stored globally at one moment. Now they are shutting down due to underperformance. Maybe the owners are not saying something?

25. McCormick & Schmick’s

Douglas Schmick and Bill McCormick founded McCormick & Schmick’s in 1979, and in no time, they became known as one of the best places to serve seafood.

Now, about 40 locations are still running, in addition to five in Canada. Sadly, it seems that the chain will close more stores by the end of 2019.

24. Roy Rogers

Roy Rogers was initially known as RoBee’s House of Beef until the Marriott Corporation bought it in far 1968. That same year, Roy Rogers restaurants were born.

Marriott did a fantastic job with rebranding and marketing, and it worked. At its peak, Roy Rogers had 600 branches. Now they are down to 48.

23. Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut was the place to go on a first date or to hang out. Very soon, we will have only memories from Pizza Hut.

Pizza Hut has a new business model: they will strictly become a carryout and a delivery store. What does it mean in reality? Cutting stored from 7,450 to 7,000.

22. Subway

Subway sandwiches were a great fresh-and-healthy food choice for people on the go. But, people are more about sitting while eating today. Therefore, Subway had to close so far around 2,000 stores.

Subway made severe changes with their menu, but they still suffering from many loses. We hope that they will find a way to bring customers back.

21. Taco Bell

Taco Bell empire is coming down. Just this year, the famous food chain closed a half-dozen locations, including locations in Maine.

However, the company invests massively in international expansion and veggie options. There are even rumors about the Taco Bell pop-up hotel in Palm Springs, California.

20. Perkins

Perkins was founded in Cincinnati in the late 1950s. Interestingly, the founders were former Alaska gold prospectors.

Although customers are crazy about their buttermilk pancakes, Perkins is in massive financial trouble. Perkins filed for bankruptcy in 2011 and again this year. As a result of 500 locations, Perkins came down to 340 sites. What makes things even worse is that closings often come with no warning.

19. Chili’s

The year 2017 was a hard one for the famous Chili’s. In just one year their profit went down for an astonishing 40%. That was also a wake-up call, so Chili’s had a menu rebranding, promotions, and a loyalty program.

Sadly, instead, to increase their profit, various programs actually started destroying them from inside. They even cut their menu options in half.

18. B Dubs

Buffalo Wild Wings and game days are such a perfect match. But in recent years, they are far from perfect. Buffalo Wild Wings CEO publicly speaks about B Dubs’ defeat.

He claims that Millennials are more into home cooking and ordering food. Just recently, B Dubs is under Arby’s management, which bought the chain for $2.9 billion.

17. Red Robin

Red Robin, based in Seattle 50 years ago, is not doing too well lately. The company said that the main reason for reduced profit lies in the hard times of shopping malls.

Red Robin closed ten restaurants, and it doesn’t look that the situation is to improve anyhow in the near future.

16. Hooters

Hooters initially started as a joke. Moreover, the very first Hooters was open on April Fools’ day because the founders were sure that the business would fail. Well, the very first day, they were ready for a surprise.

But, it seems that the era of ‘men pleasing’ restaurants is over. Hooters are facing the same issues as B Dubs. They definitely need a new idea to win customers over.

15. Souplantation

The all-you-can-eat buffet-style restaurant was trendy in California since its opening in 1978. But on a national level, the Souplantation didn’t go well.

They had such rough times that all of their assets were sold to a private investment company at the beginning of 2017. Now, there are fewer than 100 stores across the country, but it seems that the food chain will stay in business in Southern California, where it started.

14. Outback

If you want a deep-fried onion with a creamy dipping sauce, you will have to make it in the privacy of your own home. According to reports from 2017, Outback had an 8% downfall in profit.

CEO Elizabeth Smith said that the market is extremely competitive nowadays, and people prefer preparing their meals at home because they want to save money. From 53 locations, Outback went to 13 sites.

13. Bob Evans

The best place to eat mac and cheese? Bob Evans, according to numerous fast-food restaurant fans. This food chain became a massive success, with 500 locations over only 15 states.

Sadly, the downfall started in 2017 when the company had to close 27 stores due to low performance. We can only hope that the new owners will shake things a bit.

12. Noodles & Company

A marketing director in 1995 had a straightforward idea – one place with numerous noodle dishes. So, the chain went overnight from barbecue pork mac to Korean beef noodles.

Recent years haven’t been too kind toward this food chain. Just in 2016, the company lost $71.7 million. Only $10 million went for claims linked to a data breach. In 2017, Noodles & Company lost 16 stores has a slow flow of opening new stores.

11. Joe’s Crab Shack

Yes, Joe’s Crab Shack sounds like it’s a part of Disney World. However, as it turns out, Joe’s Crab Shack is far from magical.

Just in 2017, Joe’s Crab Shack shut down 41 of its 112 locations. The worse part here? Workers actually came to their work, without not knowing that they are being let go. This is just wrong.

10. Qdoba

Mexican food is trendy all over the States. Although you can hear a lot about Chipotle, for example, nowadays, you can’t hear a lot about Qdoba, or as many call it DOBA!

In 2013, the company cut 67 locations, just to re-open them during 2017. Yet, we don’t know what to expect from this food chain in the future.

9. Pollo Tropical

It’s challenging to stay relevant in today’s food market, and Pollo Tropical knows it the best. This Caribbean-inspired fast food, based in Miami, had a lot to offer when it comes to Latin cuisine.

However, things started going down the hill in 2016 when they lost $4.5 million in a quarter. The following year stores in Austin and Dallas were closed. Nowadays, Pollo Tropical operates in 140 US locations, although they are restricted to Florida.

8. BJ’s

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse’s stock went downhill for 25%. This is not good for anyone who loves a craft beer and some pizza.

Even the sale in-store declined by 1.4% during the first quarter of 2018. This may sound like not much, but for restaurants, its a clear sign that customers’ needs are changing, and they need to catch up.

7. Papa Murphy’s

Papa Aldo’s Pizza and Murphy’s Pizza merged in 1995, and Papa Murphy’s Pizza was born. Sadly, nothing good happened from this merge, except the name.

Over the past two years, sales went down for 4% percent in 2018, and 9% over the past two years. To many, Papa Murphy’s Pizza is seen as a sinking ship.

6. TGI Fridays

TGI Fridays are missing to catch at younger customers’ needs. Young people are more into fresher and innovative approaches to meal prep.

So, TGI Fridays changed its menu a bit, but some locations are still suffering. In the last two years, TGI Fridays closed its doors in New York City’s Staten Island, Tallahassee, and Washington, D.C.

5. Chipotle

When it comes to Mexican fast-food chains, Chipotle is everyone’s favorite. At least that was the case until the E.coli outbreak. People just turned their backs on Chipotle.

Returning customers costed this famous Mexican grill to spend around $135 million.

4. Papa John’s

Papa John’s was the place to go when you want a good slice of pie, next to delicious pizza. But Papa John himself made quite a buzz with media in 2017, when he said that the NFL protests were hurting sales.

The sale went downhill after this PR moment. Then it got worse after a conference call when he had other remarks. His actions lead to him being fired. Also, the company closed 51 stores in 2018.

3. O’Charley’s

Who didn’t like O’Charley’s ‘free pie Wednesdays’ or all you can eat catfish on Thursdays? Originally, from Nashville, Tennessee, that Southern food chain went a long way from its founding in 1971.

In recent years, O’Charley’s put a chain on many of its stores, including the restaurant near the universal theme parks. In May of 2019, the board reported that a slight improvement is seen.

2. Marie Callender’s

Marie Callender’s trademark is chicken pot pies and banaba cream pies. No one makes it as Marie does. After all, the business has been making pies since the 1940s.

Today, the business is crumbling, and the company filed for bankruptcy and looking for a buyer. From 50 Marie stores, the company comes down to a dozen.

1. Starbucks

Yes, your favorite Starbucks place could quickly disappear by the end of this year. Luckily, you will have 30,000 other stores worldwide to find comfort.

Starbucks is planning to close 150 of its shops by the end of 2019. Also, Starbucks will focus more on healthier options. And maybe fewer plastics? They are also promoting its app tp boost sales.

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