Disneyland is exploring new options for a pair of permanently closed hotel restaurants that have fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic — including a decades-old upscale steakhouse steeped in Disney history.
Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel and PCH Grill at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel 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 the Disneyland Hotel will reopen on Friday, July 2, and the hotel cafe will return on July 10.
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Disney’s theme parks, hotels, stores and restaurants in Anaheim were all closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Disneyland is bringing restaurants back to the parks and hotels in stages as part of a gradual 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 fast-casual Surfside Lounge restaurant and take-out Sand Bar 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 steakhouse’s name refers to the 1955 opening date of the park in Disneyland theme.
The dimly lit, dark wood steakhouse at the Disneyland Hotel promised to transport diners to a bygone era of lavish decadence and old Hollywood glamour.
Orange County Register restaurant critic Brad A. Johnson called Steakhouse 55 the place to go for dirty martinis, bone-in rib eye steaks and the “legendary” 24-layer chocolate cake.
The PCH Grill, inspired by the beach and the sea, offered a buffet breakfast and brunch with Disney characters, as well as an Italian dinner buffet.
PCH Grill employees have been told the restaurant will be taken over by an operating participant and will no longer be a Disney-operated site, according to MousePlanet.
“Paradise Pier Hotel apparently struggled to find a winning dining strategy,” according to MousePlanet. “The PCH Grill itself has undergone a number of menu and concept changes, trying everything from table service, BBQ buffet, character dining 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.