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20 Restaurants That Went Out of Business During the Pandemic

When the quarantine was declared earlier this year everyone had to adjust. All of sudden our normal was taken away and we had to learn to do things differently. Eating out, which is something Americans do often, became impossible. We had to re-purpose our lives and many of us, due to Coronavirus concerns, began eating at home.

The cost of running a restaurant is high and they depend on daily food sales to survive and thrive. With most of their business cut off, quite literally from night to day many all but closed right away. Some restauranteurs tried to bridge the gap by serving take out and pick up. Some were able to make ends meet and keep the doors open this way, but some were not.

Restaurant owners faced big financial challenges trying to stay open.

As a result South Florida lost many different and great food establishments during the quarantine. Below we compiled a list of 20 different restaurants that we said goodbye to this year.

Say Good Bye

  1. Chuck’s Steakhouse
  2. Texas de Brazil, Fort Lauderdale location only
  3. Truluck’s
  4. Kingshead Pub 
  5. No Name Taco Bar
  6. Giorgios Fort Lauderdale
  7. Azteca in Davie
  8. Sweet Tomatoes
  9. Good Spirits 
  10. Mojo Fort Lauderdale
  11. Nabu Fort Lauderdale
  12. El Guanaco 2, Oakland Park location remains open for take out, delivery and limited dine-in 
  13. Valentino Cucina Italiana Fort Lauderdale
  14. One Door East
  15. Coccadotts Cake Shop
  16. Rank and File Social Club
  17. Etaru Las Olas
  18. Jackson’s Prime Steakhouse Fort Lauderdale
  19. Walk-Ons Bistreaux and Sports Bar
  20. La Spada’s Hoagies, Pembroke Pines location only

After looking over the list you can see that some of these establishments closed one location or another. In those cases the loss is not permanent. In the cases where the loss is permanent we can only hope and wish the that owners and employees find new opportunities so they can continue to support their families. 

In Every Challenge There is Opportunity

I, personally, feel for those that have been displaced because of this crisis, but choose to believe, and I say this over and over again, that this Coronavirus challenge has presented those faced with having to deal with it, with opportunities. So I truly hope that the owners and employees of these establishments find or have already found their new groove. 

After the storm of the pandemic we can look forward to renewal and new businesses to come.

As for the places that we lost, we can cherish the memories and look forward to the new places, and new ideas that will rise in their stead. Those new places will be a sign that not only have we recovered but that we are triumphing despite the challenges. It will be a time to begin making new memories and cherishing them more than ever because as we have learned we never do really know what tomorrow will bring. 

Carpe Diem!

If you know of any other restaurants of businesses that you will miss, leave their name in the comments section of this article. 

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* is an independent publication, not affiliated with the City of Oakland Park.

Desiree Avila


Désirée Ávila has called Oakland Park her home for over 33 years. In addition to publishing, Désirée has been featured in print publications, locally and abroad. Désirée was an award winning teacher for 10 years and has a doctoral level education in Educational Technology. She is currently a licensed Florida Realtor® and is committed to a high-level of professionalism.

Désirée consistently professionally develops herself and has earned several different professional designations and certifications in real estate including the PSA, e-Pro, AHWD, SRS, ABR, and SFR. She was also awarded the C2EX, Commitment to Excellence award by the National Association for Realtors (NAR). This award is given to Realtors® that distinguish themselves for their commitment to excellence in the real estate industry.

She is esteemed by her real estate colleagues and has consistently received 5 star reviews from her clients. Her philosophy about real estate is that being a Realtor® is a way of teaching and helping people, and in the process a real estate transaction may occur, that is to say her foremost priority is and has always been about helping others.

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