Cameron Mitchell Restaurants to temporarily cease all operations; 4,500 employees furloughed

Hudson 29 in Upper Arlington (Cameron Mitchell Restaurants/Facebook)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Cameron Mitchel Restaurants announced the chain will temporarily cease all operations beginning at the close of business on Thursday.

The Columbus-based chain, which includes a variety of restaurants across central Ohio, announced approximately 4,500 people — a vast majority of their associates — have been furloughed.

“Our incredible associates are our CMR family, and we are heartbroken. With them, we’ve celebrated new lives and mourned losses, we’ve laughed and cried, and we’ve worked together to serve our guests and support each other. We are committed to helping them through this unprecedented time,” the chain said in a statement.

The chain says an Associate Relief Fund has been established, to which online gift card sales from March 19-31 will be donated. The fund also includes contributions from the Cameron Mitchel leadership team. The fund will be divided among the 4,500 associates, whom will receive a check in April.

The chain says it urges fans to consider purchasing gift cards to help support the fund, which can be done here.

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