Restaurant Chains That Bankrupted in 2022

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Howard Johnson's

Howard Johnson's final location will close in 2022.

The orange-roofed roadside cafe with over 1,000 locations has closed, although its sister hotel/motel enterprise remains open.

Hale & Hearty

Hale & Hearty unexpectedly shuttered all 16 stores. It was the target of several lawsuits for unpaid rent, worker's compensation, and vendor invoices.

Bertucci's Pizza

Bertucci's filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy for the fourth time in four years. The pizza company blamed the bankruptcy on the pandemic and inflation.

Happy Joe's Pizza

The legendary Midwest pizza shop declared bankruptcy in late July. The company's leadership appears devoted to reforming and returning to profitability.


The dining establishment has gone bankrupt twice in the last two decades. This year, GameWorks closed its last six locations, ending its tenure.


Ryan's executives did not influence the company to declare bankruptcy and shut down. New Acquisitions declared bankruptcy in early 2022, eliminating the famed buffet firm.


The struggling chain declared bankruptcy in February 2020, withdrew, and sought government assistance for pandemic alleviation.

The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy again in the summer of 2022.

Hometown Burger

Hometown Burger, launched in 2016, was a favorite of many San Antonians who were saddened by its untimely passing.

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