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P.F. Chang's Is Opening New Locations In These Cities

Around 20 restaurants are coming, but they may not be what you expect.

Residents of New York and Chicago will see nearly 20 P.F. Chang's locations pop up in their states in coming months. Don't plan on dining-in, though, because these new spots will all be P.F. Chang's To Go restaurants.

Back in January, a 20-year-old P.F. Chang's located in the heart of downtown Chicago closed. One month later, a carry-out "To Go" location opened on W. Hubbard St. in the Windy City in the days before the coronavirus pandemic, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Two other P.F. Chang's To Go locations have since popped up around the city.

The timing of the openings coincided with stay-at-home orders and new safety measures amid the coronavirus pandemic. But the chain says it previously planned to focus more on providing food to customers outside of its dining rooms. (Related: In addition to restaurant closures, some supermarket products may also be hard to find. Here are 8 Grocery Items That May Soon Be in Short Supply.)

The fast-casual chain is newly setting its sights on New York, where the first of its to-go locations has opened at 240 W. 40th St. in Times Square. The space, which occupies only 1,700-square feet, features a specially-curated menu. Other locations are coming soon to the Big Apple, specifically in the Midtown East, Murray Hill, and Seaport District neighborhoods. The chain is also opening 12 more spots in Long Island, Colorado, Florida, and Texas.

Even though the chain is adding new locations to its line-up, it recently extended temporary layoffs. Up to 5,800 employees in 20 states were temporarily laid off as of Oct. 1, according to Restaurant Dive. However, the company told Eat This, Not That! the notices were retroactive.

"Recently, notices were provided to all company restaurant employees, in compliance with Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act requirements to notify employees if their hours were reduced by more than 50% for six months or more," the company said in a statement. "These notices are retroactive in nature, based on a six month look back. Presently, P.F. Chang's is not laying people off. We're pleased to report that today, with dine-in options reemerging and delivery and to go continuing to perform well, we're at almost 90% of pre-pandemic staffing."

The openings come as a breath of fresh air as news of pandemic-related closures continue to rock the industry. For example, the footprint of Jason's Deli has decreased by about 10% this year. Around 300 franchised Pizza Hut locations are gone for good after NPC International filed for bankruptcy. Unfortunately, these two aren't the only chains feeling the heat. Here are 7 Iconic Restaurants That Have Closed This Year.

Amanda McDonald
Amanda has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in digital journalism from Loyola University Chicago. Read more about Amanda
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