Wolfgang Puck Grand Café plans to lay off all 193 employees when it closes its Disney Springs location on Aug. 1, according to a notice filed with the state.

The café is owned by Chicago-based Levy Restaurants. Some of the employees, who transferred from Levy’s Portobello Country Italian Trattoria, will return to Portobello, when it reopens after renovations are completed this fall. The remainder have been encouraged to apply at other Levy properties, including Paddlefish and Amway Center, according to Kristi House, regional director of employee relations at Levy.

CareerSource Central Florida will provide online job search, job training and other support to help the laid-off employees find new jobs.

Disney Parks blog reported last month that a new Wolfgang Puck concept is planned for 2018 in the Town Center area of Disney’s shopping and dining complex.

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill will capture the essence of laid-back California dining made popular by Puck at Spago, the brand’s flagship restaurant in Los Angeles. The menu will highlight the best of Puck’s signature dishes with innovative takes on comfort food classics.

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The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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