Disneyland is exploring new options for a pair of permanently closed hotel restaurants that fell victim to the coronavirus pandemic – including a decades-old upscale steakhouse steeped in Disney history.
Disneyland Hotel’s Steakhouse 55 and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel’s PCH Grill have closed and options are being considered for locations, according to Disneyland officials.
Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel is expected to return soon – although a reopening date has yet to be set. Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar and Tangaroa Terrace at Disneyland Hotel will reopen on Friday, July 2, and the hotel cafe will return on July 10.
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Disney’s Anaheim theme parks, hotels, stores and restaurants were all closed by the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Disneyland is gradually bringing back park and hotel restaurants as part of a phased reopening.
Napa Rose, Storytellers Cafe, Hearthstone Lounge, and GCH Craftsman Bar & Grill have already reopened at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel.
Disney has not announced when the quick and casual Surfside Lounge and Sand Bar take-out will reopen at the Paradise Pier Hotel.
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The clubby and expensive Steakhouse 55, which opened in 2006, replaced Granville’s Steak House, which opened in 1983. The 55 in the name of the steakhouse refers to when the park opened in 1955 in Disneyland theme.
The dimly-lit, dark-wood steakhouse at Disneyland Hotel promised to take diners back to a bygone era of lavish decadence and old Hollywood glamor.
Orange County Register restaurant reviewer Brad A. Johnson called Steakhouse 55 the place to go for dirty martinis, bone-in ribeye and the “legendary” 24-layer chocolate cake.
The beach and sea-inspired PCH Grill offered a buffet breakfast and brunch with Disney characters, as well as an Italian buffet dinner.
PCH Grill employees have been told the restaurant will be taken over by a participating operator and no longer a Disney-operated location, according to MousePlanet.
“The Paradise Pier Hotel apparently struggled to come up with a winning restaurant strategy,” according to MousePlanet. “The PCH Grill itself has undergone a number of menu and concept changes, trying everything from table service to the barbecue buffet, to character meals and even a menu offering exclusive to pass holders. . ”
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Disney closed Yamabuki at the Paradise Pier Hotel in 2009 and the Japanese restaurant space remains closed to this day, according to MousePlanet.