The current restaurant scene in The Berkshires, just like the rest of the world, is working to recover from a devastating year. In one of the industries hit hardest by the pandemic, the "lucky ones" are struggling to climb their way back out of the red, while the unlucky ones had to shutter their doors permanently.

When thinking about all the places that closed recently, I got reminiscing about great restaurants of the past that closed their doors pre-pandemic. There are many reason restaurants owners decided to close their doors, some just aren't financially viable anymore, some closed after family members passed away or decided to retire, and some just get to the point where the work is too much. Even in the most successful spots, the daily grind of owning a restaurant is a brutal reality that can take up all your time and even shorten your life span.

 

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Every owner has their own reason to close up shop, but the good ones are remembered long after the doors close. I talked to a few friends and coworkers about places they miss the most and put together a short list, but we also want to know what your favorites from the past are. Check out our list below.

 

 

LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.