Claim Jumper

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Claim Jumper
Founded 1977 in Orange County, California
Headquarters Houston, Texas, United States
Key people
Tilman J. Fertitta (President, CEO, and owner)
Parent Landry's Restaurants

Claim Jumper Restaurant and Saloon is an American restaurant chain with more than 40 locations. The company is based in Houston, Texas. Claim Jumper is wholly owned by Landry's, Inc.[1]


Restaurateur Craig Nickoloff opened the first Claim Jumper in Los Alamitos, California, on September 27, 1977.[2] The original restaurant had a large menu and an atmosphere inspired by California's Gold Rush of 1849. Three more locations opened, all in Orange County. [3][4]

Acquisition by Landry’s, Inc.[edit]

In September 2010, the chain filed for bankruptcy and was slated to be auctioned off.[5] In October 2010, Landry’s, Inc., a Houston-based company solely owned by president and CEO Tilman Fertitta, acquired Claim Jumper, with a bid of $76.6 million.[6] Fertitta relocated the company’s headquarters from Irvine, California, to Landry’s corporate headquarters in the Uptown area of Houston. Landry's continues to open new locations every year.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Claim Jumper Restaurants". September 27, 1977. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ "O.C. History Roundup: Claim Jumper, Los Alamitos, 1977". October 12, 2010. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ "O.C. History Roundup: More Claim Jumper history: Nik's and Nick's". December 29, 2010. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Claim Jumper Restaurants". Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ McCarty, Dawn (September 10, 2010). "Claim Jumper Restaurants Files for Bankruptcy With Plan to Sell Business". Bloomberg. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ Thorn, Bret (October 30, 2010). "Landry's to acquire Claim Jumper | Archive content from Nation's Restaurant News". Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Claim Jumper moves headquarters to Texas". The Orange County Register. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  8. ^ "ABQ Landry’s Seafood will become Claim Jumper Restaurant – Albuquerque Business First". September 25, 2013. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 

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