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.

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sean williams
sean williams
3 months ago

I will not patronize either establishment. it’s one thing to lay off temporarily, it’s another to terminate.

Scott
Scott
3 months ago
Reply to  sean williams

You figure it would be just good business etiquette, especially in the usual path of hurricanes,
to have some contingency for your employees if the worst happens. Even a 2 week severance would have been something.

John Malcomny
John Malcomny
3 months ago
Reply to  sean williams

That is absurd. What would you like these companies to pay them with if they are not bringing any money in? Would you rather them just file bankruptcy and then never re-open? An economics 101 course would be very helpful for you.

Michele Rose
Michele Rose
3 months ago
Reply to  sean williams

This will allow employees to apply for unemployment. Pretty sure who you patronize wont matter for a while.

Kevin
Kevin
3 months ago
Reply to  sean williams

Once they are terminated they can earn unemployment.

Andrew
Andrew
3 months ago
Reply to  sean williams

Any employee that leaves a company as a result of lay off, firing, quitting or retirement is deemed “terminated.” It’s legal speak for “there is no longer contractual employment between Company and Employee.”

Peter
Peter
3 months ago
Reply to  sean williams

You do realize this is all so these employees can file for unemployment right away and not have to make due with no money coming….I’m willing to bet nearly everyone who has been terminated will be rehired once people are able to go back out to eat at these restaurants. Honestly, firing these people, paying for their healthcare for a month, and allowing them to collect unemployment is a lot better than keeping them on the payroll with zero hours.

bob johnson
bob johnson
3 months ago
Reply to  sean williams

Termination allows for employees to seek unemployment benefits. So, although the words sound harsh, it allows for the program to quickly help those affected. Then, they can be rehired when this difficult time passes.

Amy
Amy
3 months ago
Reply to  sean williams

They’re doing it so these employees can receive unemployment benefits. They can’t do that if temporarily furloughed. Let’s look at the bigger picture here.

Jimmy J
Jimmy J
3 months ago
Reply to  sean williams

If terminated, they can collect unemployment. If temporarily laid off, they can not.

Jimmy J
Jimmy J
3 months ago
Reply to  sean williams

If they are terminated, they can collect unemployment benefits from the state. If they are temporarily laid off, they can NOT. Try to think it through.

Mandy, yes, that one
Mandy, yes, that one
3 months ago

They’re really taking the name SPLITSVILLE literally.

Pepper
Pepper
3 months ago

I love that when things are good everyone looks down on those using government assistance but when it all goes belly up they shrug and let the government take care of them. Asinine.

Raxel7851
Raxel7851
3 months ago

No more Landry restaurants for me. There’s plenty of other great choices to enjoy at Disney Springs. Same with Homecoming and Splitsville. I feel so sorry for the dedicated employees at these restaurants.

April
April
3 months ago

Why would employees return to this establishment afterward? Who would want to? Why not just furlough them? Would they not be able to get unemployment if they were furloughed (maybe that’s why?)?

John Smith
John Smith
3 months ago

Will not be eating at either places whenever this this is over. One thing too layoff but too terminate just means that all of the people who work hard everyday to make you money don’t mean anything to you. What an absolute shame.

Bill
Bill
3 months ago

Everybody in Chicago knows about Art Smith. I’m surprised anybody would be in business with him

Nope Yada
Nope Yada
3 months ago

I have heard that Raglan Road has laid off all hourly employees.

Sheila Greenbaum
Sheila Greenbaum
3 months ago

So has Raglan Road…they terminated everyone.

Sarah
Sarah
3 months ago

Raglan Road also laid off all hourly employees

chris
chris
3 months ago

Like Landrys, I hope they go bankrupt. and that nobody will ever want to work for them ever again.

Annoyed
Annoyed
3 months ago

What I don’t understand is why. If I’m correct, the government is incentivizing employers with tax credits if they continue to pay their employees. This just seems like a way for them to avoid a little extra paperwork.

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