The ESPN Zone in Times Square closed its doors today, leaving tourists and meatheads stranded to find another watering hole big enough to handle the amount of testosterone that routinely flooded through its doors. Locations in Baltimore, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Washington D.C. also shut down, according to the letter posted on the Times Square building’s door.
“The overall economics of continuing this operation were very challenging,” Dominic Minniti, the General Manager of ESPN Zones, wrote in the letter. The closing locations employed 940 people, who will receive a “severance package which will include the continuation of medical benefits.” Though we’re not heartbroken to see the neon ESPN Zone lights disappear, it is sad that so many people are losing their jobs.
Here’s a photo of the letter (complete with reflections from its surroundings, which will seem so empty now.):