Claim Jumper

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Claim Jumper
FoundedSeptember 27, 1977; 45 years ago (September 27, 1977) in Los Alamitos, California
HeadquartersHouston, Texas, U.S.
Number of locations
23[citation needed]
Key people
Tilman J. Fertitta (President, CEO, and owner)
Michael Kelly (franchise partner)
ParentKelly Restaurant Group
A Claim Jumper restaurant in San Diego

Claim Jumper Restaurant and Saloon is an American restaurant chain with more than 30 locations. The company is based in Houston, Texas.


Restaurateur Craig Nickoloff opened the first Claim Jumper in Los Alamitos, California, on September 27, 1977.[citation needed] The original restaurant had a large menu and an atmosphere inspired by California's Gold Rush of 1849.[1]

Acquisition by Landry’s, Inc.[edit]

In September 2010, the chain filed for bankruptcy and was slated to be auctioned off.[2][3] In October 2010, Landry's, Inc. acquired Claim Jumper, with a bid of $76.6 million.[4] Landry's President/CEO Tilman J. Fertitta relocated the company's headquarters from Irvine, California, to Landry's corporate headquarters in the Uptown area of Houston.[5]


As of August 2022, the restaurant chain has locations in Arizona, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.[6]

Due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fact that part of the business was a buffet, the chain closed some of its locations, including Long Beach, California[7] and at Opry Mills in Nashville, Tennessee.[8] and Lynnwood, Washington.[9]


  1. ^ Aamodt, M.G. (2015). Industrial/Organizational Psychology: An Applied Approach. Cengage Learning. p. 478. ISBN 978-1-305-46528-2. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  2. ^ McCarty, Dawn (September 10, 2010). "Claim Jumper Restaurants Files for Bankruptcy With Plan to Sell Business". Bloomberg. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  3. ^ "Claim Jumper Chapter 11 Petition" (PDF). PacerMonitor. PacerMonitor. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  4. ^ Thorn, Bret (October 30, 2010). "Landry's to acquire Claim Jumper | Archive content from Nation's Restaurant News". Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  5. ^ "Claim Jumper moves headquarters to Texas". The Orange County Register. February 25, 2011. Archived from the original on 2013-11-06. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  6. ^ "Locations". Claim Jumper. Retrieved 2022-08-25.
  7. ^ "Claim Jumper permanently closes Long Beach location • Long Beach Business Journal". Long Beach Business Journal. 2020-07-09. Retrieved 2022-07-10.
  8. ^ "Claim Jumper Restaurants - CLOSED". TripAdvisor. Retrieved 1 December 2022.
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