Two beloved Disney Springs attractions, southern restaurant Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ and bowling alley Splitsville, have terminated all employees due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While it is expected that these restaurants will open at some point in the future, they will apparently do so with an entirely new team. Walt Disney World New Today released this statement from Art Smith’s Homecomin’ to its employees:
“The information regarding government mandates and operating restrictions are changing on a daily basis. No one is able to say when we will be able to open again. When looking at all the directives that have been issued during the crisis, and understanding there will be many more to come, it is our opinion that we will not be able to re-open our restaurants for quite some time. We are very sorry to say that we do not know when we will be able to offer you any work hours. Based upon these set of circumstances, we are forced to make the decision to terminate the employment of all our employees, effective immediately. We believe this decision is necessary in an effort to be able to open our doors again in the future. We understand this is difficult, but with no work available in the near future, we feel this will allow all staff members to take advantage of their unemployment benefits and any other government assistance that will come available because of the crisis.“
For more COVID-19 updates, make sure to visit Orlando Without Theme Parks.