These Knoxville restaurants have closed permanently during the coronavirus pandemic

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The coronavirus will have a lasting impact on businesses, large and small.

The restaurant world may be the hardest hit; one expert has estimated that one out of every four restaurants won’t reopen after closing to follow state guidelines and social distancing norms.

Several restaurants in East Tennessee have closed for good since the pandemic began its spread across the United States.

Sanctuary Vegan Cafe owner Leslie Naylor announced on Facebook that the restaurant, opened in 2016, would permanently close. It is located off Kingston Pike at 151 N Seven Oaks Dr.

“Even in the good times, running a restaurant can be a weekly struggle,” she wrote in a post. “I never expected to get rich through the cafe, but we were paying our bills and able to fund the 4Them Sanctuary in Sweetwater.”

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