Wednesday, November 17, 2010

claim jumper restaurants,to close poor performing locations

Claim Jumper warns of possible closing!

Claim Jumper Restaurants LLC has filed a layoff notice with the state of Wisconsin in case its Brookfield restaurant closes as part of the company’s sale out of bankruptcy.

Claim Jumper, based in Irvine, Calif., filed for bankruptcy in September. It has reached an agreement to sell its assets to Private Capital Partners, Portland, Ore., though the sale has yet to be approved by a bankruptcy court, according to the layoff notice received by the state Friday. A sale to PCP or another entity would give the buyer the right to choose which leases it assumes.

If the Brookfield Square location is not one of the assumed restaurants, it will close and the employees will lose their jobs, the notice said. A completed sale could result in layoffs on or before Dec. 11.

The notice did not say how many employees Claim Jumper has in Brookfield. The restaurant opened in 2008.

Claim Jumper warns of possible closing!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

new flavor soup at claim jumper,condom soup?

Settlement reached in suit against Claim Jumper restaurant chain over condom in soup

SANTA ANA — A 51-year-old Mission Viejo man today settled his lawsuit against the Claim Jumper restaurant chain over a claim he chewed on a condom found in his French onion soup.

The terms of the settlement, which was reached after nearly three days of negotiations, were not disclosed.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Geoffrey T. Glass ordered both sides to try to settle the case before it was scheduled to go to trial this week.

"The settlement is not to be construed as an admission of liability by either party," according to a joint statement issued by attorneys representing Philip Hodousek and his wife Sherry and Irvine Claim Jumper Restaurants.

"Claim Jumper sincerely regrets, and apologizes for, statements which have appeared in the media which have cast Mr. and Mrs. Hodousek, in an unfavorable light. With the conclusion of this litigation, Claim Jumper wishes the plaintiffs well and sincerely hopes that they are successful in putting this regrettable incident behind them," the statement said.

Joan Gladstone, a spokeswoman for the company, issued a statement to the Orange County Register earlier this month, that said the company found no evidence to support any of the allegations by the Hodouseks of a foreign object in the soup or that there was any employee involvement or wrongdoing.

The Hodouseks, who are real estate brokers, went to the Claim Jumper restaurant at 27845 Santa Margarita Parkway in Mission

Viejo for Easter brunch April 12, 2009, according to their attorneys' trial brief. They joined their teenage daughter and Sherry Hodousek's parents for the meal.

Philip Hodousek ordered his favorite, French onion soup, among other foods, according to the trial brief.

"He immediately began eating the cheese, which was spread across the top portion of the bowl," according to the trial brief. "As he ate the soup, the family was engaged in conversation.

"Suddenly, he felt what he believed was tough cheese on one side of this mouth. When he could not chew it into pieces, Philip commented to his family that it felt like rubber. He then spit it out, spooned it onto a napkin, at which time his wife said, `Oh my God, it's a condom.' "

The restaurant's general manager initially said he thought it was a rubber glove, which the employees use when preparing food, according to the trial brief. The manager untied the piece of plastic, which was in a knot, and realized it was a condom, according to the trial brief.

"He apologized, and indicated he had `never seen anything like this.' Philip headed for the restroom and vomited," according to the trial brief

The object was sent to a laboratory in North Carolina and preliminary tests revealed female DNA on it, according to the trial brief.

The Hodouseks never made any monetary demands and accused the company of treating them "as scammers and frauds," according to the trial brief.

The couple claimed in their trial brief that Claim Jumper alleged they put the condom in the soup to get money to help them pay off $300,000 in back taxes. That tax dispute has been resolved "for a fraction" of that amount, according to the trial brief.

The couple sued for emotional distress and claimed the incident affected their relationship so much they were afraid to engage in intercourse for fear of contracting a disease.

Claim Jumper attorneys claimed in their trial brief that the company did nothing wrong and were prepared to argue the couple brought on their own troubles by going to the Orange County Register with their story, an allegation the couple denies.

The company's attorneys also argued in a trial brief that Philip Hodousek changed his story about his encounter with the condom several times.

The company earlier tried to resolve the case with an offer of $5,001 to Sherry Hodousek and $25,001 to Philip Hodousek.

fresno claim jumper restaurant closing?

Future of Fresno's Claim Jumper uncertain

Claim JumperFresno's Claim Jumper Restaurant could close as soon as Dec. 18 — leaving 89 people out of work — pending a decision from the chain's new corporate owner.

Houston-based Landry's Restaurants, Inc. announced Oct. 29 that it had acquired 46 Claim Jumper locations throughout the U.S. through a bankruptcy auction with a $76.6 million bid. Irvine-based Claim Jumper filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Sept. 10.
The Fresno location was one of several across the county that filed a state layoff notice in anticipation that a new owner would reject some of the leases. The notice states that 89 workers at the restaurant located at the River Park Plaza shopping center could be laid off by Dec. 18 — something the new owner would neither confirm or deny.

"No decision has been made as of today. Hope to know soon," said Mark Augarten, chief operating officer of Claim Jumper Restaurants, in a statement regarding the Fresno location, which opened in 2005.

Landry's Restaurants also announced Monday that it acquired the 32 locations of Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., including restaurants in Hollywood, Santa Monica and San Francisco. It now owns more than 200 restaurants across the country. The Rainforest Cafe is another Landry's restaurant concept. It also owns the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nev.

Last month, Tilman Fertitta, Landry's CEO and founder, took the company private with a $1.4 billion buyout.

Monday, November 1, 2010

claim jumper restaurants files chapter 11 in preparation for sale

With Plan to Sell Business
By Dawn McCarty and Michael Bathon

Claim Jumper Restaurants LLC, the operator of a restaurant chain in California and seven other states, sought bankruptcy protection with a plan to sell the business to one of its investors.

The Irvine, California-based company listed assets of as much as $100 million and debt of as much as $500 million in Chapter 11 documents filed today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware.

Private Capital Partners, an affiliate of Los Angeles-based Canyon Capital Advisors LLC, agreed to buy virtually all of the assets, Claim Jumper said today in a statement. Claim Jumper expects to leave bankruptcy in 60 to 75 days with no debt. The company said it filed a motion to set up an asset auction.

“Our operations will continue just as they always have during the sale process,” Chief Executive Officer Mark Augarten said in the statement. Piper Jaffray & Co. is Claim Jumper’s adviser on the sale and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCoy LLP is the lead bankruptcy counsel, Claim Jumper said.

Craig Nickoloff opened the first Claim Jumper Restaurant in Los Alamitos, California in 1977. The chain consists of 45 restaurants in Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin, according to the company website.

Gold Rush Purchase Corp. owns 75.3 percent of the equity of Claim Jumper Restaurants and the remainder is owned by Claim Jumper Restaurants Holdings Corp., court papers show.

The case is In re Claim Jumper Restaurants LLC, 10-12819, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).

To contact the reporter on this story: Dawn McCarty in Wilmington at; Michael Bathon in Wilmington, Delaware, at

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

claim jumper files chapter 11?

Claim Jumper Restaurants Reaches Asset Purchase Agreement with Private Capital Partners

* Proposed Purchase to be Completed through Pre-Arranged Chapter 11 Proceeding; Transaction to Eliminate Debt

* Operations to Continue without Interruption during Sale Process

IRVINE, Calif., -- September 10, 2010 – Claim Jumper Restaurants, LLC (the “Company”), today announced that it has entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement (APA) with Private Capital Partners, an affiliate of Canyon Capital Advisors LLC (“Canyon Capital”), to sell substantially all of its assets and operations. The Company operates 45 Claim Jumper Restaurants in eight states. Canyon Capital is a leading alternative asset manager headquartered in Los Angeles, California with approximately $18 billion in assets under management. Private Capital Partners is an existing investor in the Company.

In accordance with the terms of this agreement and to facilitate the sale transaction, the Company and its subsidiary filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware in Wilmington. Claim Jumper Restaurants is expected to emerge from Chapter 11 in approximately 60 to 75 days with new ownership and a significantly strengthened balance sheet. As a result of this transaction, the business will be adequately capitalized and debt-free.

“This transaction represents a great outcome for our company, our loyal guests, our employees and our valued business partners,” said Chief Executive Officer Mark Augarten. “We are excited about the prospect of quickly implementing the sale through the Chapter 11 process which will allow us to emerge within two months as a company with zero debt, thereby providing the recapitalized business with stability and greater financial flexibility to promote future growth and success.”

“Claim Jumper is one of America’s great restaurant chains with a long heritage in its communities, extremely loyal guests, and an exceptional employee base that is committed to providing service that is second to none,” said Private Capital Partners Principal Tom Barber. “We are excited about partnering with Claim Jumper management to build upon the success that the Company has enjoyed for more than 30 years.”

The Transaction will be Seamless for Guests and Employees

The Company said that it has a commitment by its existing lenders to provide debtor in possession financing and has more than adequate liquidity to meet all of its operating needs throughout the sale process.

The Company also emphasized that throughout the sale process and beyond, its restaurants will remain focused on providing guests with a warm and welcoming experience in which they can enjoy generous portions of the fresh, high-quality food they expect from Claim Jumper.

“Our operations will continue just as they always have during the sale process. Our restaurants will continue to serve our loyal guests generous portions of fresh American cuisine with a modern twist. We will continue to pay our valued employees as well as our vendors for post-petition purchases of goods and services in the normal course of business,” Mr. Augarten said. “It will be business as usual while we complete the sale transaction.”

The Sale Process

In conjunction with the Chapter 11 filing and as required under Section 363 of the Code, the Company also filed a motion for the establishment of bidding procedures to allow other qualified bidders to submit higher and better offers for its assets.

Piper Jaffray & Co. serves as exclusive financial advisor to Claim Jumper in its sale process and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCoy serves as lead bankruptcy counsel.

For further information regarding the sale and Chapter 11 proceedings please visit

About Claim Jumper

Inspired by California’s Gold Rush history, Claim Jumper Restaurants opened its first location in Los Alamitos, Calif. in 1977. Today, the casual dining concept is an established family favorite, operating 45 restaurants throughout the West Coast and parts of the Midwest. With a modern twist on traditional American cuisine and a full-service saloon, the chain’s extensive menu offers a wide variety of food and beverage choices using only the finest, freshest ingredients available. Claim Jumper Restaurants accept reservations and are open daily for lunch and dinner. For more information please visit

claim your stakes at the claim jumper with sweepsteaks

Claim Jumper invites you to Stake Your Claim! One lucky family can win a Beaches Resort Luxury Included® Family Vacation for four! Other prizes include three Ashley Furniture Makeovers, two $2,500 checks, two $1,000 checks and over one million Claim Jumper food prizes including Dinner for a Year. Your chance to win awaits you at your favorite Claim Jumper location!

From August 16th through October 15th, 2010 Claim Jumper will distribute one million Stake Your Claim cards to CJ guests. Each guest receives a sealed card containing a guaranteed prize ranging from a free Small Bite Appetizer or Mini Indulgence to the Grand Prize of a Luxury Included® Family Vacation for four to Beaches Resorts, including airfare provided by Delta. The sealed card must be opened by a Claim Jumper manager on the guest’s next visit and prizes may be redeemed August 17th through November 9th, 2010.

Prizes Include:

* Family vacation for 4 to Beaches Resorts with flight provided by Delta Vacations
* 2- $2,500 Checks
* 2- $1,000 Checks

* 3- Ashley Furniture Makeovers
* Dinner for 4
* Dinner for 2
* Free Entrée

* Free Appetizer or Dessert
* Free Small Bite Appetizer or Mini Indulgence
* 10% off total check

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. For further details, eligibility, full prize descriptions, odds of winning and how to enter without making a purchase, see the Official Rules at participating Claim Jumper Restaurants or online at

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

angels and dodgers free hot wing shortage at claim jumper?

Claim Jumper facing wings crisis

TEMPE, Ariz.

The Angels set the franchise record for spring victories (22) by topping double digits in runs for the fifth time in their past seven games, beating the Seattle Mariners 16-9 Saturday.

They have now scored 83 runs on 102 hits (including 23 home runs) in this seven-game stretch. Kendry Morales and Erick Aybar were 4 for 4. Morales had one of the Angels’ three home runs (Howie Kendrick and Torii Hunter had the others). Aybar had a double and a triple.

“Statistically, you’re not going to get excited about stuff in Arizona,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of all the offense. ”But if you’re evaluating on the approach, we’re seeing a lot of good takes, guys getting into good hitter’s counts and drawing walks when they’re offered.

“As pitchers’ command improves at the end of spring and into season, we may not be able to force things as much as we have. But right now, our guys are doing a great job in the batter’s box.”

Behind the batter’s box, former No. 1 pick (and Huntington Beach grad) Hank Conger caught four innings — his first start against major-leaguers and in front of Scioscia. There was one stolen base during his four innings.

“Hank looked great,” Scioscia said. “He showed why we’re excited about him behind the plate. The arm strength was good. He looked comfortable behind the plate, had great presence back there, received very well.

“It’s a good first step for him.”

Friday, July 23, 2010

free baby plates @ claim jumper

Claim Jumper gives children 2 and under a free plate of turkey, cheese, applesauce, and mandarin orange slices while the rest of the family gets to choose from Whiskey-Apple Glazed Pork Loin for $12.95 and Parmesan Crusted Chicken for $11.95, among many other nicely priced dishes.

Monday, June 21, 2010

how to get a claim jumper free $10 gift card

Gift Card

For every $50 gift card purchase or more, you will receive a free $10 bonus card! Purchase at your favorite Claim Jumper location and also receive a free bottle of our signature smoky-mesquite BBQ Sauce!*

Claim Jumper gift cards make the perfect gift or thank you for every occasion. They are available in denominations from $10 to $150, will never expire and may be used at any of our 46 locations.

* Bonus card valid 6/21-7/25/10 and will be sent to purchaser unless otherwise specified. Limit one offer per table, per visit, per check and may not be combined with any other offer. Cards do not have cash value. Dine-in only. Discounts not valid on liquor, gift card purchases, tax or gratuity. Cards become void if copied, altered or reproduced. Use of these cards constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions.

Friday, May 7, 2010

FREE dodgers and angels hot wings @ claim jumper restaurant

when the DODGERS or ANGELS score 10 runs or more at a home game,bring your ticket stubs in to your southern california CLAIM JUMPER RESTAURANT to get a free 6 piece order of wings! bust you must redeem your free order of wings within 24 hours of the game ending,but no other purchase is required,which means they are really free!
no strings attached and no B.S.

Monday, May 3, 2010

get free $10 bonus gift card and free slice of chocolate motherload cake with every $50

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For every $50 gift card purchase or more, you will receive a free $10 bonus card and a slice of our famous Chocolate Motherlode Cake!*

Claim Jumper gift cards make the perfect gift or thank you for every occasion. They are available in denominations from $10 to $150, will never expire and may be used at any of our 46 locations.

* Bonus card valid 5.10.10-6.12.10 and will be sent to purchaser unless otherwise specified. Chocolate Cake promotion comes in the form of a separate card and will be automatically shipped to the recipient and is valid until 6.9.10. Limit one offer per table, per visit, per check and may not be combined with any other offer. Cards do not have cash value. Dine-in only. Discounts not valid on liquor, gift card purchases, tax or gratuity. Cards become void if copied, altered or reproduced. Use of these cards constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions.

Claim Jumper Coupons - Eat Big on a Small Budget With Claim Jumper

Are you looking for a good place where you can celebrate your birthday? Or maybe you are looking for a resto where you and your friends can kick back, relax and eat to your heart's content? Get your fill of amazing food with Claim Jumper coupons!

I will tell you the truth: I am a big eater. My appetite is scarily huge for a woman who is only 5'2". That is why I love restaurants that serve big portions. Claim Jumper is one of these restaurants - their servings are always huge and their food scrumptiously good!

Saving up for a rainy day? You can eat well while still keep your budget by getting discount coupons. Where to find them?

1. Official Website

If you join the restaurant's online club, they'll send special promotions and news about new items on their menu straight to your inbox. Plus, they might even send you restaurant coupons! You can also sign up for their newsletter and receive monthly updates on their specials menu and even get free coupons for each newsletter.

2. Third Party Coupon Sites

You can also look for discounts by visiting third party coupon sites. All you have to do is use a search engine and type in your query. This way you get different forms of coupons for Claim Jumper. Third party sites include those coupon sites, forums, and other Q&A sites where you can get information on how to download and print coupons.

3. eBay

eBay is also a great place to find discounts. So, do your research and check if they have some for Claim Jumper available for a couple of bucks. One trick for searching on eBay is to do so at the start of the week so that the deals are almost always updated already.

So, if you want to celebrate and eat big on a budget, get yourself some Claim Jumper coupons. With these, you'll never have to worry about your bill. You can concentrate on celebrating the night away with good food and good company. Enjoy!

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Are you looking for Claim Jumper Restaurant Coupons? You can save money when dining out at Claim Jumper Restaurant by using Claim Jumper Restaurant coupons. These restaurant coupons can be printed from various coupon websites.

Claim Jumper Restaurants have a California Gold Rush theme, and are well known for their large portion sizes. Their menu offers USDA Prime and Choice steaks, fresh fish, rotisserie chicken, baby back ribs, pizza, pasta, a salad bar and more. Claim Jumper also has a full bar with happy hour Monday through Friday from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at most locations.
Claim Jumper Restaurant Coupon Policy & Sources
Always check Claim Jumper coupons for expiration dates, exclusions, and minimum purchase requirements. And make sure to notify your server that you will be using a coupon prior to ordering.

Some coupon websites offering Claim Jumper coupons are or Coupon

Also check the Sunday paper and advertisements received in the mail for Claim Jumper coupons.

Another way to obtain Claim Jumper coupons is by signing up for Claim Jumper's E-Club. By joining the E-Club you will receive exclusive offers, in-store promotions and even special gift card offers via email. You can also sign up your children ages 12 and younger for the Little Jumper's Club. And when you register your child, they will receive information about children's promotions and events, a free meal on their birthday, and even a free sundae just for joining.

You can also receive exclusive promotions by joining Claim Jumper's Facebook and Twitter pages.