This file photo shows a group of passengers, joined by Rainforest Cafe mascot, Cha-Cha, on a cart outside the restaurant in downtown Niagara Falls.

The Rainforest Cafe in Niagara Falls took home several top honors during a recent conference involving more than 600 restaurants from around the world.

American Niagara Hospitality, the operators of the Rainforest Cafe, walked away with five of the top awards at the Landry’s Restaurant Group’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas in February. The awards follow similar success from the 2018 Annual Conference, during which the company also took home five notable honors.

Rainforest Cafe, Niagara Falls, USA was selected as the “International Franchise Partner of the Year” from all of Landry’s 600-plus restaurants, representing over 47 brands from around the globe. The competition included high-volume operations in Paris, London, Dubai and Hong Kong.

General Manager Clayton Cobb and his team also won several individual awards, including those recognizing “Leadership Excellence,” “Overall Brand Excellence,” “Front of the House Service,” and “Highest Overall Audit Score.”

Doug Nickerson, Vice President of Operations for American Niagara Hospitality said, “Winning these awards from Landry’s Inc. is a true source of pride for the entire team at Rainforest Cafe and American Niagara Hospitality. Our associates work hard every day, and there is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by a company like Landry’s. It is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”

Rainforest Cafe, USA, located inside Sheraton Niagara Falls, has served nearly 1 million patrons since opening in June 2015. The restaurant seats 238 guests inside, with additional seating for guests on the outdoor patio. Patrons choose from an assortment of tropical dishes created in its “scratch kitchen,” while enjoying the excitement and fun of the recreated jungle setting. Guests can also purchase a variety of great Rainforest Cafe merchandise and souvenirs at Retail Village located within the restaurant.

American Niagara Hospitality also owns and operates Sheraton Niagara Falls, Wyndham Garden At Niagara Falls, Chill 443, TGI Fridays, Starbucks Café, At The Falls Arcade, The Reef Beach Club and the HydroSpa, all located in Niagara Falls, USA.


Landry’s, Inc., wholly owned by Tilman J. Fertitta, is a multinational, diversified restaurant, hospitality, gaming and entertainment company based in Houston, Texas. The company operates more than 500 high-end and casual dining establishments around the world, including well-known concepts such as Landry’s Seafood, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and Rainforest Cafe.