SACRAMENTO, CA - McCormick and Schmick's Seafood Restaurant in downtown Sacramento has shut its doors, making way for the more family-friendly chain, Claim Jumper, which will open this winter.
McCormick and Schmick's abruptly closed at the end of business Monday night, with no warning to its customers, and according to one employee, no warning to its staff.
A sign posted on the door at their location on 11th and J streets says: "Sorry for the inconvenience, but the restaurant is currently closed," along with a disclaimer that says Claim Jumper is coming soon.
Staff members were seen going in and out of the restaurant Tuesday, and work crews wasted no time in removing decor inside and out.
An employee said the entire staff was laid off. He said he didn't find out about the closure until just before his 5 o'clock shift Tuesday. He said staff was told they would have to reapply for a position at Claim Jumper, but that would mean they'd be out of work until December.
The closure came as a surprise to one customer who was supposed to meet her clients before their engagement photo shoot.
"Is it not open? Oh, no! I'm supposed to be meeting people here I didn't even know it was closed!" said Jennifer Dunham. "This is a nice quiet place to come and have good food and Claim Jumper is big desert and pie. I don't know I don't really feel like it's the same atmosphere."
In a statement, Terry Turney, Senior Vice President and COO of Claim Jumper, said, We value our employees, their work experience and dedication to our company, and the majority are transitioning to Claim Jumper.
Turney went on to say: We are grateful for the six exceptional years that McCormick and Schmick's has served the local community, and are excited to offer a new concept for our diners to enjoy.
Both restaurants are owned by Houston-based Landry's, Inc.
Landry's purchased McCormick and Schmick's in 2012 and closed some of the restaurants.
The downtown Sacramento Claim Jumper marks chain's 41st restaurant nationwide.