News today that Rainforest Cafe abruptly shut down its only Connecticut location hit parents pretty hard. I’ll admit, I had never been to one before I had kids, in fact, Kara and I used to chuckle at the people waiting in line to get inside. We later eagerly became those people.
According to a tweet from Rainforest, they wanted to stay but the Westfarms Mall didn’t renew their lease. (read the story here in The Patch: http://avon.patch.com/articles/rainforest-cafe-at-westfarms-mall-closes-its-doors) and the Courant here: http://courantblogs.com/java/rain-forest-cafe-at-westfarms-closes/)
My kids loved this place, and it was promised to them for special occasions. My son enjoyed the place so much, he wanted a toy monkey for Christmas. Read about that here: http://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2013/01/01/my-challenge-with-the-cheerful-chimps/
Surely, some mayor in Connecticut can find a place for such a family friendly destination. How about Front Street at Adriaen’s Landing in Hartford near the Connecticut Science Center? The Science Center, Legofest, Winterfest and other family events would provide the clientele. Rainforest is a big deal. They’re at Disney World and Disneyland and it would be a big coup for Hartford. It would be a great neighbor for the Spotlight Theaters, Capital Grille and Infinity Hall.
Here’s what the one in Chicago looks like. How cool would this be next to the Spotlight Theaters on Front Street?
This is the second store to leave Westfarms Mall in the past year that has made it a less desirable location for me. Parade of Novelties left last spring with its abundant stock of Hartford Whalers paraphernalia. This would be great at the XL Center or Adriaen’s Landing.