These Restaurant Chains Have Filed For Bankruptcy Due to COVID-19


While restaurants have reopened and many of them are in the process of recovering, far too many are still struggling due to COVID-19.

And, it’s not just the independent restaurants that are having to shut its doors, it’s the restaurant chains too.

In fact, a number of chains have been forced to file for bankruptcy since the COVID-19 pandemic first started affecting businesses back in March.

While some of these restaurants are hoping to get back on their feet after filing for bankruptcy, some may be done for good.

Read on to see the restaurant chains that have filed for bankruptcy so far in 2020 and how many of them are being forced to close locations. 

Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes

Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes filed for bankruptcy back in May and closed all 97 locations for good.

Brio Italian Grille and Bravo Italian Kitchen

Brio Italian Grille and Bravo Italian Kitchen’s parent company, FoodFirst Global Restaurants, filed for bankruptcy back in April.

However, both restaurants were bought by Earl Enterprises and they are planning to keep both chains open moving forward.

Le Pain Quotidien, US

The Belgian bakery chain filed for bankruptcy in May and sold all of its locations, 98 in total, to Aurify.

Aurify plans to re-open 35 of these locations at some point.

California Pizza Kitchen

California Pizza Kitchen was forced to file for bankruptcy back in July.

Though they hope to keep a number of locations open, they are reportedly planning to close about 200 of their restaurants.

“No restaurateur in the world … has been unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” CEO Jim Hyatt said in the filing, according to Business Insider.

“For many restaurants, the COVID-19 pandemic will be the greatest challenge they will ever face.”

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grille

Garbanzo filed for bankruptcy in mid-August, but the company was already struggling before the pandemic hit.

Ruby Tuesday

After making it through the summer, Ruby Tuesday filed for bankruptcy on October 7. They had already closed 150 restaurants in 2020.


The steak and seafood chain filed for bankruptcy in September, as they were no longer able to pay their employees and keep their doors open.

Chuck E. Cheese

Well, this shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone. Though Chuck E. Cheese was beloved by kids, it’s definitely not the place you want to go with your family during a global pandemic.

The children’s entertainment restaurant filed for bankruptcy back in June after months of trying to keep their business alive.