Cool! Good info.
Here is the link: Orlando Sentinel - Disney updating menus and dining rooms by Heather McPherson
At Walt Disney World’s Epcot, four of the 11 World Showcase countries are getting – or have just gotten – a dining makeover. Here’s what’s on the front burner at Epcot:
Patina Group’s Tutto Italia Ristorante opened in late 2007 in the Italy pavilion. Expansion and more changes are planned for 2010.
In October 2007, the Japan pavilion debuted Tokyo Dining and Teppan Edo, a dramatic redevelopment of their dining rooms.
China’s Nine Dragons restaurant recently reopened its completely redesigned dining room and debuted a new menu.
By fall 2010, a new tequila bar opens adjacent to San Angel Inn in the Mexico pavilion, and the outdoor Cantina de San Angel expands, with more seating and a new menu. :wub:
At Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the new Contempo Café uses state-of-the-art electronic menus and touch-sensitive screens for ordering. On the hotel’s fourth floor, the 114-seat restaurant is open 6 a.m.-midnight with selections such as the Concourse Steakhouse salad; a hot, open roast beef sandwich; honey-lime chicken sandwich; chicken basil pasta; spice-crusted mahi sandwich; and a marinated beef flatbread.
At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, guests who travel to the land of Asia get a taste of that exotic part of the world at the Yak & Yeti Restaurant. The Asian-fusion eatery offers table-service dining and a full-service bar, as well as quick-service food and beer-garden options, and retail offerings from Pan-Asia ranging from silk purses, incense and saris to fine teapots. It seats 250 inside for table-service dining and 350 in a quick-service courtyard. Yak & Yeti is operated by Landry’s Restaurants, which operates the Rainforest Cafes at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Downtown Disney and T-Rex: A Prehistoric Family Adventure at Downtown Disney.
Tusker House Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom has converted to an African-inspired buffet restaurant that includes a character breakfast, Donald’s Safari Breakfast. Hours are 8-10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. until the park closes. The restaurant features both indoor and outdoor seating.
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is home to Rix Lounge, a 5,000-square-foot nightlife venue featuring house music, specialty drinks, tapas-style appetizers and rotating entertainment. State-of-the-art lighting and sound systems create a first-class, fresh, contemporary and sophisticated ambiance. Rix is operated by Springs Food Service, LLC, a sister company of Palmas Services, LLC, that has operated the San Angel Inn and Cantina de San Angel in the Mexico pavilion at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort since opening in 1982.
The Wave debuted in summer 2008 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Located on the first floor with a “super lounge,” the upscale restaurant offers “bold American cooking with flavors from all over the world.” Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Wave offers seasonal menus featuring local and regional products when possible, organic beers and trendy cocktails such as the “antioxidant cosmo” with açai juice. The innovative wine list has a quirky claim to fame: all screw caps, no corks. Cutting-edge wines from around the globe are showcased.
At Downtown Disney guests can dine face to face with a dinosaur at T-Rex: A Prehistoric Family Adventure, A Place to Eat, Shop, Explore and Discover, which combines table-service dining and retail in an interactive prehistoric environment built around water, fire and ice. Opened in fall 2008, the restaurant is operated by Landry’s Restaurants.
Coming to Downtown Disney in 2009 will be a new concept by E-Brands Restaurants, an Orlando-based, multi-concept restaurant group. The high-energy, casual eatery will feature authentic Central and South American cuisine, specialty tequilas, premium wines and live music to entertain guests of all ages along the waterfront. The concept will come to life in a 5,000-square-foot, hacienda-style interior featuring rustic beams that contrast against modern fixtures, stone floors, and windows that roll up to create an open-air environment.
Also in 2009, a third restaurant is coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Sanaa, featuring “African cooking inspired with Indian flavors.”