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One-Quarter of American Restaurants Won’t Reopen, OpenTable Says

  • Nationwide reservations still down 95% from a year ago
  • Arizona, Texas cities gain most after coronavirus shutdowns
Chairs are stacked outside a restaurant which remains temporarily closed in Tucson, Arizona, U.S., on Monday, May 11, 2020. Restaurants and coffee shops can start offering dine-in service while limiting occupancy and checking employees for Covid-19 symptoms before their shifts, Azcentral reported.
Photographer: Cheney Orr/Bloomberg

One in every four U.S. restaurants will go out of business due to the coronavirus quarantines that have battered the food-service industry, according to a forecast by OpenTable.

The bleak projection underscores the widespread pain for American restaurants as lockdowns have forced people to cook at home or order takeout rather than eat out. Total reservations and walk-in customers from OpenTable’s network were down 95% on May 13 from the same day a year ago, according to data from the service, which is owned by Booking Holdings Inc.