Foodies will soon have a few new reasons to visit the former Downtown Disney because two new restaurant concepts have just been announced for Disney Springs, joining three other previously confirmed restaurants that are coming to Walt Disney World’s shopping complex.
The first of the two newly announced dining concepts for Disney Springs is Jaleo, a concept by Chef José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup that will open in 2018 on the West Side. The Disney Springs restaurant will feature a menu of tapas that reflect the regional diversity of traditional and contemporary Spanish cuisine, such as paella cooked over a wood fire, hand-carved Jamon Iberico de Bellota and wood-grilled Iberico pork. With five locations in the United States and Mexico City, this will be the first location in Florida. The first floor of the multi-level restaurant will feature a “grab-n-go” storefront with Spanish-style sandwiches. Designed by Spanish designer Juli Capella, the multi-level space will feature “vibrant, theatrical décor representing the colorful culture of Spain.”
Also in 2018, a new Wolfgang Puck concept will open in a new location in Town Center. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, will modernize the traditional “bar and grill” concept in a setting inspired by traditional farmhouses with a touch of elegance. The restaurant, designed by tonychi, will capture the essence of laid-back California dining made popular by Puck at Spago, his flagship restaurant in Los Angeles. The menu will highlight the best of Puck’s signature dishes with Mediterranean influences, innovative takes on comfort food classics and handcrafted specialty cocktails, beer and wine.
UPDATE: Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe will have its final day of service on Aug. 1, 2017. This leads us to speculate Jaleo will be moving into this location next year.
Exact locations for the above restaurants were not yet available. In addition to the two new dining concepts, three other projects that we’ve previously reported on are still coming to Disney Springs.
This fall, Chicago-based Levy Restaurants is introducing a new Italian concept at Disney Springs with James Beard award winner and “Top Chef Master” Chef Tony Mantuano leading development. The new restaurant will replace Levy’s Portobello Country Italian Trattoria and will feature dishes inspired by Mantuano’s adventures in Italy.
The Edison, an “Industrial Gothic” restaurant, bar and nighttime destination, is scheduled to debut later this year. A collaboration of Patina Restaurant Group and Kinetescape’s Andrew Meieran, The Edison is noted for classic American food, craft cocktails and live entertainment including cabaret. Inspired by its sister location in Los Angeles, The Edison at Disney Springs will be themed to a 1920s-era electric company, recalling an exuberant era of invention and imagination with entertainment that includes contortionists, aerialists, DJs and more.
Also opening in late 2017 is Wine Bar George, with Master Sommelier George Miliotes bringing his expertise to Disney Springs with an unparalleled wine list including more than 100 selections by the bottle and glass in a range of varietals, vintages and prices. Shareable plates, cheese and charcuterie will complement the wine list, featuring local artisans and seasonally relevant dishes. Wine education will be served up in an approachable and fun manner, including special events and visits from renowned winemakers. Miliotes is widely regarded as one of the industry’s foremost wine experts, and is one of only 236 professionals certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers.
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