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Restaurant Group Operating Certain Epcot Restaurants Lays Off Employees

Restaurant Group Operating Certain Epcot Restaurants Lays Off Employees

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Palmas Restaurant group, which operates restaurants in the World Showcase area of Epcot laid off an undisclosed number of employees today. Read on for details.

According to Spectrum News, a local Tampa news outlet, Palmas Restaurant Group laid off an unspecified number of workers today.

Palmas Restaurant group operates several restaurants in the Mexico Pavilion of World Showcase in Epcot. They own San Angel Inn, La Hacienda De San Angel, La Cantina De San Angel and El Cava Del Tequila restaurants.

While the company did not disclose the number of workers, they layoffs affected both hourly and managerial positions.

In an emailed statement to Spectrum News, the company said that they did everything they could to avoid a layoff scenario and kept their workers on furlough for as long as it was economically feasible to do so.

The company cited forced closure of restaurants as the reason for the layoffs and indicated that while they remain optimistic about business picking back up, they are not sure what the timeline will look like.

Employees who participate in the company health plan will have healthcare coverage through July 31.

from Paddlefish

Another Restaurant group, Levy Restaurants, who owns Paddlefish and Terralina Handcrafted Italian at Disney Springs, recently laid off over 143 workers as well: 87 at Paddlefish and 56 at Terralina.

This has been a difficult year for people in the service and entertainment industry, with Universal Orlando also experiencing a round of layoffs in the last month.

The only one of these restaurants I (Rebecca) have personally tried is Terralina Handcrafted Italian.

I went there when they first opened and were offering a great Annual Passholder Discount. I didn’t like it that much, I’m sorry to say.

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I really want to try the restaurant inside the Mexico Pavilion, La Hacienda De San Angel.

Hopefully the parks will be able to welcome more guests soon and things will rebound for all of these restaurants at that time!

Have you tried any of these restaurants? Let us know your favorite in the comments on Facebook and in our Facebook group!

-Rebecca W Davis

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Charles Hicks

Saturday 1st of August 2020

Maybe if they provided better food and value for the money They would not be in that situation.

They got rich serving average at best food at high prices.

Taco B.ell in Epherata PA serves better food than those places.

Charles Hicks

charles hicks

Sunday 26th of July 2020

No loss, the food was not very good and low quality for the prices paid.

I get better food in empherata pa.


Wednesday 22nd of July 2020

We've eaten at all of the ones in mexico pavillion. The san angel inn which is inside the pyramid, was much better years ago. Our First dinner there was in 1986 and last time was 2 yrs ago. We do wdw 3 times a year .Food portions are quite small and margaritas are too for the money now. The others are good for quick lunch. Food quality in all of the restaurants has changed over the years. Our kids and grandkids enjoy the coral reef for the aquarium and my husband and grandchild did a dive there last year but the food has gone down. We were there in Feb and the tank has become so cloudy now . Wanda

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