Wednesday, June 09, 2010

ESPN Zone restaurants to close due to poor economy

6/9, USA Today: "Disney's ESPN will discontinue most of its ESPN Zone sports-themed restaurants.
  • The chain, which pioneered the idea of putting TV screens in bathrooms and often hosted live ESPN shows, will close by June 16 the Zone outlets in
  • New York, Chicago, Baltimore, Las Vegas and Washington, D.C.

The restaurant in Anaheim, Calif., next to Disneyland, and the one in Los Angeles, next to ESPN's West Coast studios, will remain open but will not be operated by Disney.

  • With the recession having hurt restaurant sales generally, ESPN Zone general manager Dominic Minniti says "the overall economics of continuing this operation were very challenging."...

Disney closed the Atlanta and Denver ESPN Zone locations last year ."


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