A new forecast projects that one in three U.S. restaurants may close permanently this year, showing how the Covid-19 pandemic is decimating an industry that employs millions of Americans.
As many as 231,000 of the nation’s roughly 660,000 eateries will likely shut down this year, according to an estimate from restaurant consultancy Aaron Allen & Associates provided to Bloomberg News. This will bring the industry’s steady growth to a halt and mark the first time in two decades that U.S. restaurant counts don’t climb. Restaurants have already shed millions of jobs this year, economic data show.
Boston another iconic restaurant permanently closes its doors
According to a source within the Friends of Boston’s Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Dick’s Last Resort at Faneuil Hall Marketplace has shut down, with a tweet from Only In Boston saying that the dining and drinking spot “closed for good last Sunday after fifteen years in Quincy Market at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.