If you planned to take the kiddies to Rainforest Cafe over winter vacation, forget about it. The place closed Monday.
The land of jungle rainstorms, robotic gorillas and elephants with a side of food, closed its Westfarms location to the surprise of everyone, including its employees.
‘We didn’t know, it was a surprise to us,’ said one employee who asked not to be identified. ‘We are all looking for jobs.’+
The Westfarms lcation was the only Rainforest Cafe in Connecticut. It is part of the Texas-based Landry’s properties that also include Chart House and Morton’s The Steakhouse.
Company officials said the decision to close was made as its lease at the mall ended.
“We are committed to providing our guests with a quality dining experience and we look forward serving our loyal patrons at our locations in Burlington, MA and Edison, NJ.” said Keith Beitler, Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer – Specialty Restaurants Division in an emailed statement. “At this time there are not any plans to open a new Rainforest Cafe in CT.”
Beitler said the company is discussing employee relocation opportunities with other Landry’s restaurants in the area.
Forever 21, a juniors apparel store now located in another mall storefront, is supposed to relocate to the first floor space that will be vacated, according to mall general manager Kevin Keenan.