Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ and Splitsville Terminate All Employees Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Closures at Disney Springs
UPDATE: A representative from Homecomin’ has reached out with this additional information:
“In addition to their final checks, the company will continue to pay health insurance for employees who have elected to participate through April 30, 2020. In addition, we are working on a plan to provide daily staff meals.
Employees will be paid for their hours worked. The restaurants’ management, are hoping all employees return when we get to the other side of this crisis.”
The original story is as follows below:
In another set of Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures and subsequent layoffs, it appears that Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ and Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Disney Springs have decided to terminate all of its employees, effective immediately.
Reports from now-former employees from state that both establishments have decided to terminate all of their employees unexpectedly. Employees would not be paid for their remaining shifts and would not be offered a severance package. The restaurants will, of course reopen in the future with the same management, but reportedly with a new team of employees. The following official statement was released by Homecomin’ to its employees:
“The information regarding government mandates and operating restrictions are changing on a daily basis. No one is able to say when we will be able to open again. When looking at all the directives that have been issued during the crisis, and understanding there will be many more to come, it is our opinion that we will not be able to re-open our restaurants for quite some time. We are very sorry to say that we do not know when we will be able to offer you any work hours. Based upon these set of circumstances, we are forced to make the decision to terminate the employment of all our employees, effective immediately. We believe this decision is necessary in an effort to be able to open our doors again in the future. We understand this is difficult, but with no work available in the near future, we feel this will allow all staff members to take advantage of their unemployment benefits and any other government assistance that will come available because of the crisis.“
Employees were informed late last night of this decision. The news comes shortly after the announcement that all Landry’s employees, which includes both Rainforest Cafes on Walt Disney World property (Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney Springs) as well as Yak & Yeti at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and T-REX Cafe at Disney Springs, have been furloughed throughout the closure, with the only option for assistance being unemployment.
Do note that this is a breaking story and we will continue to update it with more information as it arises.