Universal Orlando announced Thursday that it will open eight new venues across CityWalk throughout 2014 as part of a bold growth strategy designed to complement the entertainment complex’s already popular collection of national brands.
The expansion comes after a nationwide search for culinary concepts that include a mix of established national brands, up-and-coming concepts and Universal’s own creations. The new venues will share an overall theme that includes inviting common areas, al fresco dining, open kitchens and more.
“We want Universal CityWalk to grow along with the rest of our destination,” said Ric Florell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Resort Revenue Operations at Universal Orlando. “We are bringing our guests an amazing new collection of experiences that will be world-class and offer something for everyone.”
The new venues include Hot Dog Hall of Fame, featuring iconic hot dog creations from some of our nation’s most famous ball parks. Universal partnered with Steven Schussler, the global culinary concept creator behind popular restaurants like Rain Forest Cafe, Backfire Barbecue and more, to bring his Hot Dog Hall of Fame concept to CityWalk. They also include CowFish, an innovative and trend-setting concept out of Charlotte, North Carolina with a signature dish called “Burgushi;” and popular frozen treat spots Cold Stone Creamery and Menchie’s.
Original concepts include Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, a unique tapas-style restaurant, Bread Box, a home-style sandwich shop; A new modern Italian kitchen concept, where guests can watch as the culinary team handcrafts their pasta from scratch; and Red Oven Pizza Bakery – Universal’s first-ever Neopolitan-style pizza bakery, which is now open.
We have a lot to talk about, so stay tuned after the break as we break down each new Citywalk addition for next year.
Starbucks is relocating from upstairs to downstairs in the old Endangered Species Store.
Red Oven Pizza Bakery is already open.
Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food will be replacing the former Latin Quarter.
Hot Dog Hall Of Fame will be replacing what was once the Galaxy Bar across from Latin Quarter.
Ever wanted to try burger-sushi? The CowFish is an interesting restaurant. It combines sushi-like foods with burgers and vice-versa. This will be located directly next to Red Oven Pizza Bakery.
Bread Box will be replacing where Cigarz is currently located. Bread Box is best described as a grab-and-go sandwich location.
Who doesnt love Menchies?? That’s right. Your favorite FROYO location is coming to Citywalk at Universal Orlando. It will be replacing TCBY Treats upstairs.
Coldstone Creamery will be crammed in between Red Oven Pizza Bakery and Starbucks. Here you will be able to purchase some of your favorite candy/ice cream concoctions. Which would you choose? Menchines or Coldstone?
And last but not least, the Universal Studios Store will be receiving a new facade.
And an Italian themed restaurant which is currently called Pranzo will also be part of the expansion.