Disney Parks blog is reporting that three new restaurants are expected to open by year’s end at Disney Springs with two additional eateries slated for 2018. The following descriptions (edited for length) were taken from said post (with some entirely uninformed commentary in italics):
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 replaces Levy’s Portobello Country Italian Trattoria. ~ I just ate at PCIT a few months ago, I’m really looking forward to the new (and currently unnamed) iteration.
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… in a range of varietals, vintages and prices. Shareable plates, cheese and charcuterie… featuring local artisans and seasonally relevant dishes. ~ Not much of a wine drinker, but if it keeps the rich people happy than go for it.
And The Edison, a lavish “Industrial Gothic” restaurant, bar and nighttime, is expected to open by year’s end…The Edison is noted for classic American food, craft cocktails and live entertainment including cabaret… With Old World sophistication and romance, The Edison 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. ~ It sounds like a fun place to have dinner on a rainy night – with good food and a great atmosphere. Also, I love the phrase “Industrial Gothic.”
Jaleo, a concept by world-renowned Chef José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup, will open on the West Side, bringing the spirit and flavors of Spain, with an extensive menu of tapas that reflect the rich regional diversity of traditional and contemporary Spanish cuisine…. The first floor of the multi-level restaurant will feature a “grab-n-go” storefront with Spanish-style sandwiches. ~ Can’t wait. I’ve never had tapas so I’ll have to try this when it opens.
And a new… 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 will capture the essence of laid-back California dining made popular by Puck at Spago… (and) 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. ~ Not sure if this replaces any of the existing WP eateries in DS or is an addition to the ones already there, but I actually liked the pizza I had at WP Express a few years ago, so why not?