This just in: Formula PR, the El Segundo, Calif-based media reps for Buckhead’s ESPN Zone have confirmed to Buzz that the sports-themed eatery has closed.
In a statement just emailed to Buzz Central, operators cite the current economy for the shuttering:
Dominic Minniti, general manager, Disney Regional Entertainment: “We have enjoyed being a part of the Buckhead business community for nearly ten years. The overall economics of continuing this operation has given us no option but to close.”
Added Rick Alessandri, senior vice president, ESPN, who oversees Zone operations for ESPN: “A decision like this is never easy. We recognize and appreciate the commitment and years of service of all of these employees. Unfortunately, the current economic environment offered us no other choice.”
Company reps tell us the sports-themed restaurant that first opened its doors here in January 2000 had approximately 140 employees. Today those workers received “a 60 day administrative leave package.”