Rainforest Cafe was founded by Steven Schussler in 1994 in The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. The company operates a chain of themed restaurants designed to look like a tropical rainforest. Design items include living plants, mists, waterfalls, and rainforest figurine animals such as elephants and frogs.
In addition to the restaurant, most locations also feature a gift shop with items for sale such as toys, games, stuffed animals, and action figures.
The company currently has 28 locations in the US, along with locations in France, Japan, and the United Kingdom. The company has almost 7,000 full time employees and annual revenue in 2004 of $259 million. Landry’s Restaurants, Inc., purchased the company in 2000.