The past few years have been tough on retail stores, forcing many big names to close or file for bankruptcy protection. There are rumblings that the same thing could happen to popular restaurants.

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Applebee's has 2 Locations in Evansville, Indiana

Applebee's closed 46 locations last year because the locations were underperforming. We don't have a list of the specific locations but the company reported that between 25 to 35 locations will likely close in 2024.

Read More: Applebee's Is Shutting Doors Across America

Wendy's has 4 Locations in Evansville, Indiana

Wendy's has been known for their square burger patties since 1969. And if you are of a certain age, you know the classic Wendy's experience included eating inside the atrium. In the first 3 months of 2024, Wendy's has closed 27 locations, including one on Evansville's Northside.

Wendy's Reports Rise In Q1 Earnings With 13 Percent Increase In Same Store Sales
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Read More: Wendy's Shutting Doors Across America, Is the Chain in Trouble?

MOD Pizza has 1 Location in Evansville, Indiana

I'm really surprized that Eat This, Not That is reporting that more MOD Pizza locations could close in 2024. Several locations in California did close this year, but that was after the minimum wage went up to $20 an hour. So, hopefully, that is not a trend that will continue.

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Cracker Barrel

We have one lonely Cracker Barrel location in Evansville, and it's tucked away on the Eastside. I honestly forget it is there, which might be why foot traffic is down, and some Cracker Barrel restaurants have had to close their doors.

Read More: Cracker Barrel Might Soon Become a Thing of the Past

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Hardee's has 3 Evansville Locations and 1 in Newburgh, Indiana

Several Hardee's locations in Illinois have closed this year, and so now we are wondering about our Southern Indiana locations. According to Food Business News, there has been some restructuring of the company and separating the Carl Jr. brand from Hardee's. The company's new leadership team has not hinted about further closures, so far anyway.

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Is Pizza Hut Closing All Dining Rooms?

This question has its own thread on Reddit, and it made me stop and think about how many Pizza Huts still offer dine-in around Evansville, Indiana. The answer to that question is zero for now.

Read More: What's Going on with the Evansville Pizza Hut on N Green River Rd |

How Many of These Iconic Mall Food Court Restaurants Do You Remember?

From retro favorites to the icons that are still serving customers today, take a walk down memory lane with our roundup of the most iconic mall food court restaurants of the '80s and '90s.

Gallery Credit: Meg Dowdy

50 Most Popular Chain Restaurants in America

YouGov investigated the most popular dining brands in the country, and Stacker compiled the list to give readers context on the findings. Read on to look through America's vast and divergent variety of restaurants—maybe you'll even find a favorite or two.

Gallery Credit: Paul Feinstein