It looks like Times Square will be losing one of its most venerated eateries with the news today that the Walt Disney Co. has decided to close almost all of their ESPN Zone restaurants.
There are currently ESPN Zones in NYC, Chicago, Anaheim, Baltimore, Las Vegas, L.A. and Washington, D.C. According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, the only Zones that will survive the shuttering are those tied directly to a Disney property. The company has already closed ESPN Zones in Atlanta and Denver.
No date or specific reason was given for the closings, though a rep for the company hinted that it’s really just a matter of cost:
Since their inception, the Zones have served sports fans very well… But from a pure business perspective, the economics have been challenging.
So enjoy your ESPN Zone while you can. That overpriced chicken wing may be the last one they serve.
Disney to close ESPN Zone restaurants [Chicago Tribune]