Beloved Restaurants We Lost in 2020

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The coronavirus pandemic was devastating to the restaurant industry, with several major chains like Starbucks and Pizza Hut permanently closing thousands of locations. But it's not just the huge franchises that got hit hard. The worst damage was done to local-favorite restaurants, some of which were forced to close after several decades of good reviews and lines out the door.
K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen? Kaput. Blue Smoke? Up in smoke. Across the U.S., iconic eateries have been forced to close their doors and shut their menus for good. Here are some of the country's most beloved restaurants we lost in 2020.
#Restaurants #COVID19 #2020
K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen | 0:00
Plum Tree Inn | 1:31
Blackbird | 2:26
Uncle Boons | 3:07
Brookville Hotel | 3:55
Here's Looking At You | 5:01
John's Famous Stew | 5:52
Oatley's Restaurant | 6:41
Vickie's Diner | 7:29
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  • Have any restaurants you like been lost in the last year?

    MashedMashed20 օր առաջ
    • There was this restaurant that I LOVED called Sweet Tomatoes. I live Near Albuquerque, but Sweet Tomatoes is in Albuquerque. Covid put the final nail in The Coffin of Sweet Tomatoes and My Parents and I all miss it very much.

      Ben JammonBen Jammon15 օր առաջ
    • None that I know of. They are actually planning to open places . Of course nothing that I am interested in. Popeyes 🙄really. We could have at least got Red Lobster, Rally/Checkers, White castle, bojangles, churches. I hate the food choices in a small city. It's kfc, mcdonald's and pizza hut. Boring

      Yolanda isYolanda Trust No OneYolanda isYolanda Trust No One16 օր առաջ
    • Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes

      Devin GilesDevin Giles16 օր առաջ
    • @Warren O'Leary get real! Put the blame where it belongs; our ex so called president. tRump knew in January if 2020 that covid was here and was a severe killer. But didnt want to scare the American people. He would rather let them die. And he did that remarkably well!

      Susanne ElmoreSusanne Elmore17 օր առաջ
    • continued: year , Evans Street Station " closed about 8 months ago . Great food, great atmosphere in a small town was an unique " Blessing " ! Thank You Johnson Family ; especially daughter Pat Kennedy.

      Warren O'LearyWarren O'Leary20 օր առաջ
  • New drinking game! Every time a farewell message is prefaced with “it is with a heavy heart” you have to take a shot

    Rightside OfWrongRightside OfWrongՕր առաջ
  • So what? I have never heard of any of these.

    Drew ConwayDrew Conway2 օր առաջ
  • Oh no! At 0:07, it looks like Amy Schumer had to get a waitress job! Lol

    Dark Eagle777777Dark Eagle7777774 օր առաջ
  • of all the restaurants that were forced to close and never reopen due to the pandemic, the most iconic, by far, has to be Sammy's Romainian in New York City.

    Brad MarcusBrad Marcus6 օր առաջ
  • The “plandemic “ is certainly working 👿🤮😱

    michelle logrecomichelle logreco10 օր առաջ
  • So sad🥲🙏🏻

    michelle logrecomichelle logreco10 օր առաջ
  • So sad 🥲. Blessing

    Mary AdkisonMary Adkison11 օր առաջ
  • This was the plan all along, kill off small businesses and leave all the market share to corporate giants. Socialists can't have examples of people working hard and going the extra mile to become self sufficient and thrive without government help.

    jbm0866jbm086614 օր առաջ
  • This whole covid nonsense and fear for nothing.

    Martin SarkisMartin Sarkis15 օր առաջ
  • It sounds like most restaurants had negotiated bad leases with the landlords.

    otogigamerotogigamer15 օր առաջ
  • I’ve literally never heard of any of these

    Chris BarnettChris Barnett16 օր առաջ
  • Always remember this covid didn't kill them Government did

    Brs72Brs7216 օր առաջ
  • It’s really too bad this plandemic had to take out all of these amazing places

    Robert ZachariasRobert Zacharias16 օր առաջ
  • im from ohio and have heard of NONE of these. lol.

    Nelson StackNelson Stack16 օր առաջ
  • There was a great little hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant in my neighborhood called Chulada's. I was walking to the corner store last July, and I looked across the street to see the windows boarded up at Chulada's. It bummed me out. There's still a couple of other good Mexican places in my neighborhood, but I really miss Chulada's. They had exactly what I always like to get at a Mexican restaurant: a combination plate with a beef burrito, a tamale, and a chile relleno, all smothered in green chile, with rice and beans on the side. And they made it so well!

    Biff WellingtonBiff Wellington17 օր առաջ
  • Chain stores,fast food chains,and the national food stores all were able to not only stay open but thrive in the pandemic, the mom and pop local small businesses have once again bore the brunt of the Covid fallout when small businesses suffer we all end up suffering

    Jacci VarnerJacci Varner17 օր առաջ
    • That's not even close to being true at all. There have been several chain and even fast food restaurants that have either closed or are very close to closing such as Souplantation/Sweet Tomato's which shuttered their doors for example. Ihop, Dennys, TGI Friday's and several other in that category are in serious trouble. This video is just focusing on local restaurants; you are just thinking about places like McDonald's. Also, you fail to realize that restaurants have the lowest success rate of any small business with almost 70% of them closing within 5 years of opening. I also bet that all the places that were on this list were in trouble before the pandemic and it was just straw they couldn't withstand.

      Kenyatta ClayKenyatta ClayՕր առաջ
    • That was what they wanted. It’s blatantly obvious as politicians are bought and paid for by huge corporations.

      LukeLuke6 օր առաջ
  • 1:21 Homer and Babish ate there.

    Din DjarinDin Djarin17 օր առաջ
  • It's sad

    Judi BickfordJudi Bickford18 օր առաջ
  • The comments (and those who made them) are a laugh riot on this video. You people are wildin' out!

    A22DNALA22DNAL19 օր առաջ
  • Whocares, the sheep are too scared for food. Goodnight, America , you threw it away.

    Gunslinger1875Gunslinger187519 օր առաջ
  • Sweet tomatoes 🍅 R.I.P. 🪦

    Brian CooleyBrian Cooley20 օր առաջ
  • I never had Plum Tree Inn. I preferred Regent China Inn, because it was near the 3 best dimsum places in town.

    knuclear200xknuclear200x20 օր առաջ
  • Never heard of a single place

    Logan ThomasLogan Thomas20 օր առաջ
  • 🤣🤣 all closed because of dumb democratic run city's , was no reason not to be able to reopen

    Robert ProfitaRobert Profita20 օր առաջ
    • You americans all blame each other's political party for everything. what a sad divided country.

      BCBC18 օր առաջ
  • These losses r so 😭

    Debra LittleDebra Little20 օր առաջ
  • K-Paul’s was my favorite NOLA favorite! Very sad 😞

    Chris GoodmanChris Goodman20 օր առաջ
    • I can still taste the Blackened Drum Fish.

      Chris GoodmanChris Goodman16 օր առաջ
    • Yeah K-Paul’s is tough. They’re auctioning off some stuff from the restaurant and I was able to get some wooden spoons

      Robert ZachariasRobert Zacharias16 օր առաջ
  • Souplantation is closed. I used to go there twice a month ..

    Madame Coral GardenMadame Coral Garden20 օր առաջ
  • My son-in-law owns a restaurant .. their business is stronger than ever. The restaurants that survived COVID-19 adapted quickly and were managed properly.

    D JaquithD Jaquith20 օր առաջ
    • @Lar In Vermont .. If you actually looked at the financials then it would be immensely easy to understand why the vast majority of these businesses had failed miserably. Perhaps no different than the 2008 financial collapse when Banks were giving out loans to everyone with a pulse, Pizza delivery people purchasing $500,000 homes trying to flip them. Cash flowing at the best of times but only at the best of times is a business always on the brink of failure. Unfortunately most people aren't very good business people and worse many of the so-called good business people only try to siphon out as much money as possible allowing their businesses to collapse while essentially embezzling money out of their businesses to their personal use. Again something that happened during the 2008 financial crisis. Instead now people purchasing homes must put down at least 20% in most conventional scenarios, liar loans are no longer a systematic disease in our real estate industry. There were times back in the '80s and '90s when the only thing that kept huge swaths of real estate alive were the rapid depreciation tax schedules. Once removed these businesses and buildings no longer cash flowed and collapsed. My son-in-law's business nor my wife's nor mine are on shaky financial grounds nor have they ever been or will they be.

      D JaquithD Jaquith20 օր առաջ
    • @D Jaquith we've lost a quarter million restaurants, from mom and pop's to international chains, start-ups to multi generations, leveraged financials to totally bankrolled, and reset areas to hometown neighborhoods, and even next door neighbors. Documented that the closures were unable to staff any longer, to the saddest of all that contagion has wiped out the staff, permanently. Even 3 Michelin stars that have failed. My conclusion, after 50 years of looking at the business, is that there is no pattern, and today's survivor may go down in flames next month. I am glad that your son-in-law has survived so far, and hope he continues to; but, like the professionals in my resort region, all I can do is say my prayers and hope for the best. The only thing I am certain is that the entire business model has changed and it may, or may not, return to pre-COVID 2019 conditions. And I am equally certain that the majority of the people are permanently scarred.

      Lar In VermontLar In Vermont20 օր առաջ
    • @Lar In Vermont .. None of that. They immediately had every delivery service available, online ordering, outdoor eating, pick-up and curbside. They had weekly COVID-19 testing, mask precautions, screens and you name it. Their location at best is okay, their food is exceptional but most importantly their willingness to overcome and adapt was phenomenal. BTW .. they owe their landlord nothing in the rears and during all this they're building another larger location with the same landlord what should be completed in the next few months. Fortunately none of my family was affected diversely, even my wife's real estate business literally has tripled which still blows my mind. Most sales are 10%-20%+ over asking price with multiple offers and more often than not cash over financing. Also even my adult kids are getting vaccinated. Darwinism.

      D JaquithD Jaquith20 օր առաջ
    • It was often nothing more, or less, than sheer luck and location. I'm glad he survived, but it's more "There, but for the grace of God," as more applicable than claiming extraordinary talent. It would have been more accurate, and compassionate, to have congratulated without putting everyone else down.

      Lar In VermontLar In Vermont20 օր առաջ
    • @Ann Labuda .. Umm no they didn't "all need to close" .. instead they needed to adapt quickly.

      D JaquithD Jaquith20 օր առաջ
  • Oh wow, I remember very fondly of making the half hour drive to Brookville, Kansas to the Brookville Hotel for their family-style dinners! When I was very young, we’d road-trip from CA to KS every other summer to visit my grandparents and other relatives. I couldn’t wait for that half hour drive to Brookville to have their wonderful fried chicken dinner. To this day, I’m a cole slaw “snob” and still feel they made the very BEST ever made. I was a child, but asked for their recipe, and they gave it to me...still have it and I’ll be 70 years old in a few months! Why it happened, I don’t know, but the hotel was moved to Abeline, KS and that is where it met it’s Covid-Demise. This is so many people and businesses have suffered due to Covid. I only can hope that at least some of the shuttered restaurants and other businesses can find a way to make another go of it. 😿😿😿

    Virginia LemmVirginia Lemm20 օր առաջ
  • So sad, and it feels like a scam. If the masks work why do we need to social distance? If social distancing works why do we need masks? If both of those two things work why the hell are we closing businesses? I'm extremely sad to see this, but an excellent production on the video.

    Jay FitmobJay Fitmob20 օր առաջ
    • Restaurants were able to do take out, so I am not sure why these places didn't survive. Perhaps it is because they were in tourist areas, and tourism stopped.

      KT KilntimeKT Kilntime20 օր առաջ
    • you've had 15 months to learn about this ffs

      carpiicarpii20 օր առաջ
    • Can't eat with a mask on It is a highly contagious viruses that is spread through the air The CDC has lots of information on their page As well as local health departments We are over a year into the pandemic please education on the disease is really important in battling it

      Colleen SColleen S20 օր առաջ
  • Any restaurant that serves dead cooked slaughtered animals I do not miss.

    Pebblesred JacksonPebblesred Jackson20 օր առաջ
    • I’m sure they won’t miss you either lol

      Choptron27Choptron2715 օր առաջ
    • @silver no. I'm not getting vaccinated. I don't know what is in the vaccine. Those individuals put all types of different chemicals in it, the same as processed foods and dairy and destroys our immune system.

      Pebblesred JacksonPebblesred Jackson19 օր առաջ
    • are you gonna take the vaccine? it's made with aborted fetal tissues.

      silversilver19 օր առաջ
  • Soup Plantation closed. It was my favorite restaurant 😭

    Autumn.Melody17Autumn.Melody1720 օր առաջ
    • We used to live right by the Sweet Tomatoes/Soup Plantation headquarters in San Diego. In fact the closest Sweet Tomatoes, where we ate, was where they tested many of their new recipes. I missed it when me moved, but now even where we live now it’s all over. 😢

      Tara OakesTara Oakes19 օր առաջ
    • @Karen Backus Yes, Sweet Tomatoes has been greatly missed by ME in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. However, all locations closed more than 7 years ago, therefore, it was not because of the coronavirus pandemic.

      Roger KinardRoger Kinard20 օր առաջ
    • And Sweet Tomatoes, its cousin. Loved that place

      Karen BackusKaren Backus20 օր առաջ
  • I'm missing the Woodhaven house, Queens NY

    John HolmesJohn Holmes20 օր առաջ
  • Thank your local politician for forcing business to lockdown.

    TLewisTLewis20 օր առաջ
  • Aint ever heard of any

    Fallen AzraelFallen Azrael20 օր առաջ
  • This vid is really good

    lewis strawlewis straw20 օր առաջ