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This nearly 90-year-old burger chain is pulled from the brink

Cheapism Logo By Saundra Latham of Cheapism | Slide 1 of 39: The pandemic has touched off another sad chapter in the retail apocalypse, with big-name stores filing for bankruptcy at an unprecedented clip. Chain restaurants and cafes, though generally in better shape than their independent counterparts, are joining the chaos. Some were solidly profitable before COVID-19 shut down dining rooms across the country, while others were already struggling. Here are several notable chains that have closed locations permanently, others at risk of following in their footsteps, and the beloved burger chain that narrowly escaped a bankruptcy filing. Related: 13 Restaurant Chains We Miss

Losing Our Appetite?

The pandemic has touched off another sad chapter in the retail apocalypse, with big-name stores filing for bankruptcy at an unprecedented clip. Chain restaurants and cafes, though generally in better shape than their independent counterparts, are joining the chaos. Some were solidly profitable before COVID-19 shut down dining rooms across the country, while others were already struggling. Here are several notable chains that have closed locations permanently, others at risk of following in their footsteps, and the beloved burger chain that narrowly escaped a bankruptcy filing.

Related: 13 Restaurant Chains We Miss

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