The high-tech restaurant on Castro Street that promised to bring "social gaming" to Silicon Valley eaters has closed its doors.
Alyssa Tappan, company spokesperson for uWink, blamed last week's closure on the economic recession, which began a few months after the restaurant opened last summer, as well as high rent for the location on the corner of Castro and California streets.
Tappan said that although business was steady in Mountain View, uWink's Castro Street location had a "lease structure that made no sense in this economic environment."
The restaurant allowed patrons to order food and play games on LCD screens placed on each table. The idea came from Nolan Bushnell, creator of the Atari video game console and the Chuck E. Cheese restaurant chain.
Tappan said uWink's remaining two locations, both in Southern California, are doing fine.
"We had to make a hard business decision," she said, adding that company officials had to fly from Los Angeles to keep tabs on the Mountain View location. "We're focusing closer to home."
"We really view the restaurants as a test bed" for the gaming technology, which is owned by a separate company called Tapcode, Tappan said. "One just happened to be in Mountain View."
In January, uWink removed itself from the stock market after its share price hovered around zero for months.