Traditional fast-casual restaurant chains aren’t doing as well as they once were. Chain restaurants have been on the decline ever since the 2008 financial crisis, and the fact that we’re all social distancing and staying away from large gatherings doesn’t help. Many restaurants have started to temporarily close (on their own accord or by state orders) but some were already dying out, to begin with.
That means a lot of once-popular chains are closing their doors and it’s likely for good. These restaurant favorites are starting to shut their doors either completely or partially in 2021, and others are losing money quickly.
So Long, Sbarro
Sbarro is probably one of the storefronts at the food court of your local mall. The restaurant was founded in 1956 in Brooklyn, which makes sense since it’s an Italian joint! The chain is also wildly popular on college campuses, giving students a way to grab a quick bite on the way to class.
The “Fresh Italian Cooking” restaurant has several locations, but its headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio. It might have been beneficial to keep the Italian restaurant’s base in New York because, in 2014, it was announced that the chain was going to be making several closures through 2021.