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Pandemic takes a bite, Chuck E. Cheese files for bankruptcy

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(AP) Chuck E Cheese is filing for bankruptcy protection.

The 43-year-old chain, which drew kids with pizza, video games and a singing mouse mascot, was struggling even before the coronavirus pandemic. But it said the prolonged closure of many venues due to virus restrictions led to Thursday’s Chapter 11 filing.

Irving, Texas-based CEC Entertainment Inc. has reopened 266 company-operated Chuck E. Cheese and Peter Piper Pizza restaurants, but it’s unclear how willing parents will be to host birthday parties and other gatherings.

The company says it will continue to reopen locations and offer carryout while it negotiates with debt and lease holders. 

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The Associated Press

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  1. Speaking of disgusting places. I remember taking my kids there 30 years ago. It was impossible to go without getting sick. Literally. So many kids, so many germs. I’ve heard stories of the very gross things found by employees in that room full of rubber balls. Like, well, you can only imagine..beats taking time to go potty. Euwwww. Goodbye to Yuckie Chuckie and the human petri dishes.

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