December 22, 2021

33 Orlando restaurants that closed during the coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic hit everyone's pocketbooks in some way or another, but few places were as deeply affected by the economic downturn as the restaurant industry. Here's a selection of the many Orlando restaurants that were forced to close in the last year.

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Luma on Park 
290 S. Park Ave., Winter Park 
Luma on Park closed its doors 15 years after they opened, to the day. In a Facebook announcement as to why they closed, the restaurant said that they were unable to come to an agreement with their landlord.
Photo via Luma on Park/Facebook

Luma on Park

290 S. Park Ave., Winter Park
Luma on Park closed its doors 15 years after they opened, to the day. In a Facebook announcement as to why they closed, the restaurant said that they were unable to come to an agreement with their landlord.

Photo via Luma on Park/Facebook
Chan’s Chinese Cuisine 
1901 E. Colonial Drive
Chan’s opened its doors in 1996, and closed them Nov. 20, 2020. According to their Facebook announcement, they sold their property to an investor who wanted to redevelop it. They had a farewell lunch with Orlando Mayor Jerry L. Demmings on its last day.
Photo via Chan’s Chinese Cuisine/Facebook

Chan’s Chinese Cuisine

1901 E. Colonial Drive
Chan’s opened its doors in 1996, and closed them Nov. 20, 2020. According to their Facebook announcement, they sold their property to an investor who wanted to redevelop it. They had a farewell lunch with Orlando Mayor Jerry L. Demmings on its last day.

Photo via Chan’s Chinese Cuisine/Facebook
Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant 
Church Street Station, 125 W. Church St.
Ceviche closed its doors June 2 of last year; one of many that succumbed to the pandemic’s fiscal impact. 
Photo via Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant/Google Maps

Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant

Church Street Station, 125 W. Church St.
Ceviche closed its doors June 2 of last year; one of many that succumbed to the pandemic’s fiscal impact.

Photo via Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant/Google Maps
The Pharmacy 
8060 Via Dellagio Way
Though there was no announcement to confirm, The Pharmacy appears to have shut its doors permanently.  The speakeasy-style restaurant’s phone number rings out into silence, and they have removed their Facebook page.  
Photo via The Pharmacy/Instagram

The Pharmacy

8060 Via Dellagio Way
Though there was no announcement to confirm, The Pharmacy appears to have shut its doors permanently. The speakeasy-style restaurant’s phone number rings out into silence, and they have removed their Facebook page.

Photo via The Pharmacy/Instagram
33 & Melt 
13790 Bridgewater Crossings Blvd., Windermere
33 & Melt had a tumultuous start with the pandemic, to say the least. It seems this local restaurant could not withstand the heat and closed their doors some time last year, as their Facebook page, website and phone number are no more.
Photo via 33 & Melt/Google Maps

33 & Melt

13790 Bridgewater Crossings Blvd., Windermere
33 & Melt had a tumultuous start with the pandemic, to say the least. It seems this local restaurant could not withstand the heat and closed their doors some time last year, as their Facebook page, website and phone number are no more.

Photo via 33 & Melt/Google Maps
MoonFish 
7525 W. Sand Lake Road
The bad news: MoonFish closed their location on Restaurant Row last June, but the good news is, MoonFish said in their closing announcement that they are looking for a new spot to make home, so this might not be the end. 
Photo via MoonFish/Facebook

MoonFish

7525 W. Sand Lake Road
The bad news: MoonFish closed their location on Restaurant Row last June, but the good news is, MoonFish said in their closing announcement that they are looking for a new spot to make home, so this might not be the end.

Photo via MoonFish/Facebook
Sette 
1407 N. Orange Ave.
Sette is another restaurant that closed last year, but not due to the pandemic. Their landowner put the property up for sale, but Sette owners told Orlando Weekly that “Sette still exists,” so hopefully Orlando will see the return of this Italian restaurant.
Photo via Sette/Stellar MLS

Sette

1407 N. Orange Ave.
Sette is another restaurant that closed last year, but not due to the pandemic. Their landowner put the property up for sale, but Sette owners told Orlando Weekly that “Sette still exists,” so hopefully Orlando will see the return of this Italian restaurant.

Photo via Sette/Stellar MLS
Dandelion Community Cafe 
618 N. Thornton Ave.
Dandelion was a progressive vegan restaurant that served the Orlando community for 14 years. The cafe shut its doors Aug. 11, 2020, in part from COVID-19’s financial impact.
Photo via Dandelion Community Cafe/Facebook

Dandelion Community Cafe

618 N. Thornton Ave.
Dandelion was a progressive vegan restaurant that served the Orlando community for 14 years. The cafe shut its doors Aug. 11, 2020, in part from COVID-19’s financial impact.

Photo via Dandelion Community Cafe/Facebook
Kaizen Izakaya 
54 W. Church St. 
This is another restaurant that has no official closure announcement on their social media, but Yelp says it is closed, the official website is down and the phone rings twice before disconnecting. I think we can take a hint. 
Photo via Kaizen Izakaya/Rob Bartlett

Kaizen Izakaya

54 W. Church St.
This is another restaurant that has no official closure announcement on their social media, but Yelp says it is closed, the official website is down and the phone rings twice before disconnecting. I think we can take a hint.

Photo via Kaizen Izakaya/Rob Bartlett
Wahlburgers 
200 S. Orange Ave.; 749 N. Alafaya Trail, Waterford Lakes
The chain burger restaurant closed its South Orange Avenue and North Alafaya Trail locations within a month of each other last year. Now, if you want a Wahlburger, you’ll have to travel out of state to get it.
Photo via Wahlburgers/Google Maps

Wahlburgers

200 S. Orange Ave.; 749 N. Alafaya Trail, Waterford Lakes
The chain burger restaurant closed its South Orange Avenue and North Alafaya Trail locations within a month of each other last year. Now, if you want a Wahlburger, you’ll have to travel out of state to get it.

Photo via Wahlburgers/Google Maps