A MAJOR restaurant chain is closing a location – but there’s good news.
For several years, fans of Mayfaire Town Center in Wilmington, North Carolina chose Fox & Hound as their favorite restaurant.
However, according to local news outlet WWAY3, that location abruptly closed.
It’s unclear what drove Fox & Hound from its spot, but Mayfaire was disappointed to learn the popular restaurant was gone.
“Our top priority is to create a vibrant shopping and dining environment and we are committed to offering fresh and innovative options,” a mall spokesperson told WWAY3.
“We appreciate your patience as we work to refill space and improve our tenant mix to provide Wilmington area residents and visitors with the best selection of retailers, restaurants and entertainment options.”
However, there is a silver lining as customers now have more options available to them.
Mayfaire added that major brands, including clothing retailer Anthropologie, will open in November.
However, it’s unclear who exactly will take Fox & Hound’s place in the area.
Fox & Hound currently has five additional locations listed online.
They are all located in different states including Kansas, Illinois, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
Fox & Hound offers both a sports bar and a casual dining experience.
The menu consists of burgers, wings, pizza and several other entrees.
Additionally, customers can order a selection of draft beer, wine, margaritas, mules and cocktails.
Mayfaire Town Center currently has more than 80 shops and 20 restaurants.
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But Fox and Hound is far from the only restaurant that has closed.
Some have not been able to recover from the slowdown caused by the pandemic.
For one thing, TGI Fridays closed its last remaining location in Idaho.
The move by TGI Friday’s comes after the company struggled with declining sales in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Then-CEO Ray Blanchette warned in a Bloomberg interview that 20 percent of the 386 restaurants would likely have to close.
Fatz Café, known for its presence in the Southeast, has closed all remaining restaurants.
“We are sorry to inform you that after years of proudly serving this and many other communities, Fatz Café is permanently closing,” the former casual dining restaurant said in a statement to customers.
“All existing locations were closed effective August 23, 2023. We thank you for your support throughout our many years of business.”
Fatz previously operated nearly 20 locations in states including Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
And Cracker Barrell recently closed several locations.
That includes one in Jackson, Mississippi and four locations in Oregon in recent months.
“It is not uncommon for a store’s traffic patterns and volume to change over time, and we have seen this happen in Jackson following the pandemic,” the restaurant chain said in a statement to The US Sun.
“Despite the best efforts of our associates, our Jackson store was unable to overcome these and other challenges.”
Boston Market, on the other hand, has closed restaurants due to financial problems.
Things have gotten so bad that the chain was even ordered to close 27 stores in New Jersey after complaints from employees.
The workers alleged that Boston Market failed to pay minimum wage and sick leave and failed to maintain records.
And a restaurant in Toledo, Ohio, recently closed after employees said conditions became “worse and worse.”
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