FACT CHECK: No, Chili’s Is Not Shutting Down In The United States

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on X claims chain restaurant Chili’s is shutting down all its locations in the United States. 

Verdict: False

There is no evidence Chili’s is shutting down entirely in the U.S.

Fact Check:

Chili’s has noticed that people are complaining about the rising prices of fast food and has catered its ads accordingly, according to CNN. The chain is adding a new burger, which it described in a press release as “twice the beef of a Big Mac and flavors fast food lovers will recognize,” the outlet reported.

A post shared on X, formerly known as Twitter, alleges that Chili’s is closing all of its American locations. The post shows a photo of the exterior Chili’s restaurant with the large red text “CLOSING DOWN.”

The caption reads, in part, “THEY SHUTTING DOWN CHILI’S.”

There is no evidence Chili’s is closing down all locations, however. Chili’s responded to posts on X about the alleged closing with “we’re NOT closing down” and “lol this is not true.” (RELATED: Facebook Post Falsely Claims Burger King Is ‘closing Its Doors For Good’)

The screenshot seen in the post references an article from Texas radio station KIXS, which in turn references an MSN article saying that only a few Chili’s locations have closed so far in 2024. A Chili’s spokesperson told Massachusetts outlet MassLive that only two locations have closed so far in 2024, one in Indiana and another in North Carolina. There are 1,222 Chili’s locations in the U.S. across 49 states and territories as of April 24, 2024, according to ScrapeHero

“Recently, there have been several articles and social conversations that include misinformation and mischaracterizations about the state of our business,” a Chili’s spokesperson told Check Your Fact in an email. “Being an industry leader with 1,500 restaurants, we regularly review the performance of our restaurants. At times, like all leading national restaurant chains, we make a tough decision to close one. That is not a negative indicator of our overall brand health.” 

Reuters also debunked this claim.

Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter