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Landry’s Restaurants Reportedly Laying Off All Employees; Rainforest Cafe in Disney Springs Now Closed Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Due to the ongoing closures related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across the nation and at Walt Disney World Resort, new reports from Landry’s Restaurants employees, which includes Rainforest Cafe and T-REX Cafe in Disney Springs, plus the Rainforest Cafe and Yak & Yeti in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, state that all employees are being furloughed.

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Employees are stating that due to the closures, not only will they not be paid, they have since been furloughed, or laid off temporarily with no pay. Employees received a link to unemployment agencies, but no other options for assistance.

The owner of Landry’s, Tilman Fertitta, was recently featured on CNBC earlier in the month when Coronavirus concerns drove Landry’s restaurant sales down $1 million per day. Corporations of 50 or more employees are being encouraged to pay their employees throughout all Coronavirus-related closures, but instead it seems the company has decided to fully shut down and lay off its employees instead of offering support.

Both the Rainforest Cafe and T-REX Cafe restaurants at Disney Springs are now closed, with Rainforest Cafe and Yak & Yeti Restaurant having closed with the rest of Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Sunday night. Due to the mass layoffs, it is not known whether these locations will reopen with the rest of the parks after the closure.

We’ll continue to update this piece as more information arises.

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Paul Zimmerman
Paul Zimmerman
6 months ago

While being charged $10/per 2 weeks by Tillman….

What are they being charged for?

Ecto
Ecto
6 months ago
Reply to  Paul Zimmerman

The right to get soda while on break. 50% discount (usable in all stores and restaurants). Oh, and access to the cast meal.

Adam Campbell
Adam Campbell
6 months ago
Reply to  Paul Zimmerman

We also have to pay the fees for using the credit card swiper. It amounts to about $2-$3 a shift

Chuck
Chuck
6 months ago

Wow, how harsh. Shout out to Chris, my favorite Bartender at Yak and Yeti. BE safe and be strong my friend, hope to see you back in DAKP on my next visit!

Br549
6 months ago

If this is how he treats his employees I will never step foot in any of his restaurants again I have a Landry’s card and loved the benefits went to Rainforest cafe around 4 or more times a year at Animal Kingdom our favorite place to eat there so I hope Disney will take over all his restaurants on Disney property put Tilman Fertitta in the poor house.

Voicecats
Voicecats
6 months ago

Tilman Fertitta’s net worth is $4.7 billion…

Davenport Florida Home
Davenport Florida Home
6 months ago

Maybe never work for them.

Melissa W.
Melissa W.
6 months ago

Damn. That seems incredibly harsh. I imagine his paycheck won’t be any less because of this.

José villanueva
José villanueva
6 months ago

Thank helping yours employees

chris
chris
6 months ago

I hope that company goes bankrupt.

Diana
Diana
6 months ago

They say their paying the Post Oak Hotel but what about the rest of the employees? They are refusing to pay to those who qualify for their vacations right now that they’re in need. Some employees haven’t even been notified of the procedure that is being taken, they’re being informed by other co workers who have been spoken to.Extremely unprofessional! I don’t work there but I know many people who do work for the company and it’s unfair what they are doing to their employees!

Jason Edward Harris
Jason Edward Harris
6 months ago

Yikes. Shout-out to all of the service industry folks… This stinks.

It also hits Tillman pretty hard. Houston Rockets might be up for sale soon.

Nicholas X. Daloia
Nicholas X. Daloia
6 months ago

I hope that Disney cuts ties with Tilman Fertitta and Landry’s as quickly as he cut ties with his employees. Hopefully they will leaving him with a stained and tarnished image and forcing him to pack-up his companies belongings and vacate Disney properties at his own cost as soon as possible.

Jason Edward Harris
Jason Edward Harris
6 months ago

I’m not defending Tillman (I’m a Houston resident, so I know all about his legacy), but, to play devil’s advocate, should Tillman keep paying his employees when they aren’t working?

And again, not trying to be combative, just playing devil’s advocate.

Richard Hunglow
Richard Hunglow
5 months ago

He ABSOLUTELY should, and here’s why. Every other restaurant in this country will at least allow you to drink a fountain drink while you are on the clock, even if they don’t offer you a discount on food, which most do. In order to enjoy this as a Landry’s employee, you are required to pay 20 bucks per month to be a “member” of the employee discount program. Otherwise, if you want a Coke or an order of fries to get you through your work day, you pay full price. If much smaller restaurant chains like Texas Roadhouse and Cracker… Read more »

Kenneth Ayala
Kenneth Ayala
5 months ago

He needs to pay pto and vacation like they made us belive they would he doesn have to pay pepole ho are not working but he needs to b human

Jason Edward Harris
Jason Edward Harris
6 months ago

And, keep in mind that if Tillman Fertitta left Disney entirely, it would probably mean at least a 10-20% restaurant vacancy on-property. Not ideal.