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I've been on vacation for the last couple weeks. In order to catch up on the news that I missed, I'll be doing two news roundup posts a day for the next few days until I'm reasonably caught up.

Laundry's, the parent company of McCormick & Schmick's, has decided to close the seafood restaurant and reopen it as a Claim Jumper, a mining-themed restaurant known for its large portions.

I had heard a rumor about this on Friday, Sept. 20, but I a visit to the restaurant and a call to Laundry's PR firm provided no confirmation of the tip.

I'm not so sure that Claim Jumper will be any more successful in that spot.

If the higher end McCormick & Schmick's didn't work in that spot, I don't see how Claim Jumper works there. I'll admit that I haven't eaten at a Claim Jumper since my college days, but my recollection is that it's filled with families and others whose other options that night might be Applebee's or the Olive Garden. While there's nothing wrong with those restaurants, if California Pizza Kitchen couldn't survive a few blocks away, I can't see Claim Jumper surviving either.

I've had business lunches at McCormick & Schnick's. I've met colleagues after work for drinks at McCormick & Schmick's. But I don't think I'd ever hear any of my friends propose Claim Jumper's as a location for drinks or lunch. With so many good and local options nearby, I think that'd be the case for most people who work or live downtown.

While I understand the appeal of such a chain restaurant, it seems more suited for Natomas, Elk Grove or Roseville than the Downtown area with limited parking and relatively fewer families.

More coverage of the closing of McCormick & Schmick's:

Sacramento seafood restaurant abruptly closes, will be replaced by another brand eatery - The Texas-based owner of hundreds of restaurant properties executed a trade in downtown Sacramento on Tuesday. Landry’s Inc., a national restaurant, hospitality, gaming and entertainment company headquartered in Houston, announced that its McCormick & Schmick’s seafood and steak restaurant in the landmark Elks Building at 1111 J St. had officially closed its doors Monday night and will be replaced this winter by another Landry’s-owned brand, Claim Jumper restaurant. Mark Glover in the Sac Bee.

McCormick & Schmick's closes, to be replaced by ... - The McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks restaurant in downtown Sacramento closed today, though it will reopen as a Claim Jumper restaurant. The location is 1111 J St. Mark Anderson in the Sac Biz Journal.

VIDEO: McCormick & Schimck’s Abruptly Closes, Claim Jumper to Move In - A whole new vibe is coming to a downtown Sacramento Restaurant. The owner of McCormick & Schmick’s, Landry’s Inc., has decided to close that restaurant and bring one of it others – Claim Jumper. The unexpected change caught a number of McCormick & Schmick’s customers off guard. Kimberly Easton on FOX 40.


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