Chuck E. Cheese, the arcade recreation and pizza franchise named after titular mascot Charles Entertainment Cheese, has filed for chapter safety, in accordance with a report by the Associated Press.
The resolution comes from the extended closure of lots of its places, attributable to security measures because of the coronavirus pandemic. CEC Entertainment Inc. has since reopened 266 company-operated Chuck E. Cheese venues, but it surely’s no assure that the embattled pizza parlor chain will discover success. Chuck E. Cheese was struggling earlier than the pandemic, attributable to rivals like Dave and Buster’s.
Chuck E. Cheese has begun pivoting, with some places providing meals supply on apps below “Pasqually’s Pizza & Wings.” Fans of the Chuck E. Cheese crew know that Pasqually is likely one of the members of the franchise’s animatronic line-up.
The enterprise had made makes an attempt to modernize all through the years, together with introducing Oculus Rift VR headsets as an attraction. The restaurant chain will try to attempt to negotiate with lease holders for particular person places because the pandemic continues.
For extra on the historical past of Chuck E. Cheese, give a take heed to “The History of Chuck E. Cheese’s” from Polygon’s The History of Fun podcast.