Missing out on its 20th anniversary next year, expense account favorite McCormick & Schmick’s closed without fanfare at the Hughes Center. An Eater tipster reports exterior signage is already covered over and removed and permits hint at a new direction for the 10,346-square-foot restaurant.
Debuting in 1998, the purpose-built structure featured an old-school interior design of “mahogany woodwork, brass fixtures, Tiffany-style lamps and stained glass ceilings” and a classic steak and seafood menu for lunch and dinner.
Concept creators Bill McCormick and Doug Schmick met in 1972 at the Jake’s Famous Crawfish restaurant in Portland, Oregon, before launching the namesake chain a few years later and eventually growing to more than 80 locations at the height of its success. Owned by Landry’s Inc., the eastside restaurant was the remaining Nevada expansion.
While an official announcement of the shutter, or a possible replacement, have yet to been announced, paperwork filed earlier this month for new exterior signage is listed under the tenant name of Claim Jumper, another chain also owned by Landry's.
Featuring a more casual, three-meal menu, Claim Jumper describes itself as offering a family-friendly atmosphere suitable for “children, seniors and business professionals.” It currently operates 41 restaurants across eight states including locations in Henderson, Summerlin, at Town Square and downtown’s Golden Nugget resort.