Can Cordish Cos. find a new tenant for closed ESPN Zone?
Five months after ESPN Zone closed in Inner Harbor, the Walt Disney Co.-owned bar is still upsetting employees.
On Monday, five of them filed a class action lawsuit charging the company with failing to adhere to federal labor laws, The Sun's Gus Sentementes reports this morning.
The lawsuit also underscores the absence of the venue from Power Plant, where along, with Barnes and Noble and Hard Rock Cafe, it was one of the anchors of the area. The big question remains: will Cordish Cos. replace it any time soon? Can it?
The concept bar, which had been open for 12 years, abruptly closed in June when Disney shut down locations in Chicago, New York, Las Vegas, and Washington D.C.
Then, 20 workers of the Baltimore location protested the closure, alleging the company didn't give them the 60 days notice federal law demands for layoffs. But, the company, which did file a notice letter with state officials in time, disputes the charge.
The lawsuit is only the latest step in their dispute. The workers, Sentementes writes, could be joined by employees at some of the other locations.
What remains unchanged through this fracas is the venue itself. In June, Cordish Companies, said they were looking to fill the spot with another big-box store.
But so far, it remains unoccupied.
Photo: ESPN kitchen workers demonstrate outside Garmatz Federal Courthouse/Kenneth Lam, Baltimore Sun