2020 | Dine

Twenty restaurants that closed in 2020

More than half were attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic

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For Montgomery County restaurateurs, 2020 was a crushing year.

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic forced restaurants across Maryland to close for indoor dining on March 16. A temporary respite came over the summer, when Montgomery County allowed restaurants to reopen at 50% indoor capacity.

But a second wave of cases and deaths that started in the fall and worsened as the weather got colder prompted county officials to reinstitute an indoor dining ban earlier this month. The recent shutdown order prompted a lawsuit from dozens of county restaurants.

Despite a series of grants from the county, the state and the federal government, restaurant owners have pleaded for more financial assistance in the absence of revenue from indoor dining.

Many restaurants have been forced to close, and a survey from the Restaurant Association of Maryland estimates that another 800-plus restaurants in the county could close next year.

Here is a look at 20 restaurants that closed this year, more than half of which specifically cited the pandemic as a factor:

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com