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Digging into all the latest restaurant bankruptcy news


Bankruptcy filings, no matter the industry, are the result of a thousand cuts.

This month has produced filings and rumors of more to come in the pandemic-shaken restaurant industry.

Maitland, Fla.-based Tijuana Flats Restaurants filed for Chapter 11 protection in the Florida Middle District Bankruptcy Court after closing a total of 40 restaurants this year, 11 of them last week.

And, while Tijuana Flats is in the fast-casual segment, North Aurora, Ill.-based Oberweis Dairy filed April 12 for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization at the 43-unit dairy and retail concept.

And Bloomberg reported April 16 that Orlando, Fla.-based Red Lobster, a stalwart in the casual-dining segment, was talking with experts about a possible bankruptcy filing. The company named Jonathan Tibus, known for his restructuring expertise, as CEO in late March.

Senior editor Ron Ruggless helps us make sense of it all.

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