Pandemic takes a bite, Chuck E Cheese files for bankruptcy

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(On the first Sunday of every month, Chuck E. Cheese will open two hours early to provide reduced lighting and noise, with food and games and trained caring staff. Photo: Mike Mozart / CC BY 2.0)

NEW YORK (AP) — Chuck E Cheese, the restaurant chain that became a Mecca for children and a crucible for many of their parents, is filing for bankruptcy protection.

Parent company CEC Entertainment has reopened 266 of its 612 company-operated Chuck E Cheese and Peter Piper Pizza restaurants.

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It did not elaborate on how willing parents are to again host birthday parties and other gatherings with so many cities still under tight restrictions on crowds.

CEO David McKillips said Thursday that it has been “the most challenging event in our company’s history.”

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