16 Iconic (Childhood) Restaurants That Will (Most Likely) Close Down By The End Of Summer

These 16 iconic restaurants will announce their closure this year. Perhaps one of these was the backdrop to your first date, or maybe it was your go-to spot during college years—places woven into the fabric of your personal history, now preparing to shut their doors for good.

1. Fuddruckers

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By the end of this year, Fuddruckers plans to close all its locations. The decision comes as the brand struggles to keep up with changing consumer preferences and increasing competition in the casual dining sector.

2. Old Country Buffet

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All locations of Old Country Buffet are shutting down. Customers’ trips to the buffet-style restaurant have significantly decreased, partly as a result of a shift toward faster and healthier dining options.


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IHOP will be closing 100 of its underperforming locations. These specific spots haven’t been meeting financial expectations, which makes them unsustainable in the company’s broader business strategy.

4. Buffalo Wild Wings

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Buffalo Wild Wings is set to close all its California locations plus an additional 60 locations across the US. This move is part of a restructuring effort to focus on more profitable areas.

5. Applebee’s

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Applebee’s is closing 35 of its restaurants due to underperformance. The chain has struggled to attract a consistent customer base, which has impacted its overall profitability.

6. Red Lobster

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Red Lobster will be closing 50 locations, attributed to financial struggles and high operating costs. In a cutthroat industry, these elements have made it challenging for the business to stay profitable.

7. Denny’s

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Denny’s expects to close 20 stores by year’s end. These closures are part of an optimization strategy to eliminate locations that no longer contribute positively to the company’s bottom line.

8. Marie Callender’s

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Marie Callender’s is closing all its locations. The restaurant and bakery chain has faced numerous challenges, including rising ingredient costs and decreased consumer spending on dining out.

9. Pizza Hut

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Pizza Hut is set to close 500 locations as it shifts its focus toward enhancing delivery services. With this calculated turn, the restaurant hopes to better suit today’s convenience-focused dining patrons.

10. Outback Steakhouse

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Outback Steakhouse plans to close 41 locations, which represent 6% of its total outlets. These closures are part of a broader strategy to streamline operations and improve overall business efficiency.

11. Sbarro

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Sbarro is closing 50 of its locations, most of which are situated in malls. The decline in mall traffic has significantly impacted sales, leading to these closures.

12. Mod Pizza

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Mod Pizza will be shutting down 27 locations. After reviewing store performances, these spots were identified as underachievers in terms of sales and foot traffic.

13. Ruby Tuesday

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Ruby Tuesday is closing an additional 16 locations in 2024. These spots have been underperforming, reflecting broader challenges in the casual dining sector.

14. PDQ

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PDQ will close 8 locations, which account for 14% of its total operations. Its business strategy and market position are being critically reevaluated, and this action falls into that process.

15. Joe’s Crab Shack

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Joe’s Crab Shack plans to close 41 locations, which constitutes a drastic 68% of its operations. This significant reduction is due to severe financial setbacks and shifting consumer preferences away from their dining format.

16. Bonefish Grill

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Bonefish Grill is closing 7 locations due to underperformance. The decision is aimed at concentrating resources on more profitable locations to stabilize the brand’s financial health. In recent times, we’ve seen a notable number of restaurants closing their doors permanently. Understanding why can provide insights into the complex landscape of the restaurant industry. 1. Underperformance and Lack of Profitability Several chains including Applebee’s and Buffalo Wild Wings are shutting down locations that aren’t making enough money. It’s simple: if a restaurant can’t cover costs or make a profit, it can’t stay open. 2. High Operating Costs and Financial Struggles High costs are a big hurdle. For example, Red Lobster is closing sites due to the expensive nature of their operations. When the money going out is more than what’s coming in, closures become inevitable. 3. Changing Consumer Preferences and Industry Trends Tastes change, and restaurants must adapt or close. Pizza Hut, recognizing a shift towards home delivery, is closing dine-in locations to focus more on meeting this new demand. 4. Oversaturation and Competition In places like California, the sheer number of dining options makes it tough for any one spot to thrive. Buffalo Wild Wings, for instance, is withdrawing entirely from an overcrowded market. 5. Underestimating the Capital Needed to Sustain Operations It’s not just about opening a restaurant; it’s about keeping it running long enough to become profitable. Many underestimate this essential financial commitment, leading to a shutdown.