It's official: Lincoln's Chuck E. Cheese will not be reopening.
The location at 221 N. 66th St. is one of 45 nationwide for which the pizza chain is seeking permission from the bankruptcy court to reject leases. Eleven of the locations, including the one in Lincoln, had already shut their doors.
Signs were removed from the Lincoln location earlier this month, and people reported on social media that they had seen workers taking game machines out of the building and loading them onto trucks.
After closing in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, the location did takeout for a time, but it has been temporarily closed altogether since May.
The phone message at the Lincoln location earlier this week said the restaurant was temporarily closed, and it was still listed on the Chuck E. Cheese website.
Chuck E. Cheese's parent company, CEC Entertainment, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday morning and said it intends to keep operating. Many of its restaurants have now reopened, including the one in Omaha.
The closing of a tired pizza place is a small thing, but I have this strange feeling in my chest -- thinking about the nights we drove to a building behind Gateway and bounded inside, not knowing that the last time would be the last time.