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    Suggestions for New Restaurateurs at Downtown Disney

    While I've never been comfortable with the relatively "hands-off" approach Disney has taken with the establishments being run by the lessees and operating participants of Downtown Disney, I'm interested in the possibility of bringing new restaurateurs to future expansions of the complex.

    Joachim Splichal and the Patina Group can't be responsible for everything. So, which local restaurateurs would you like to see involved in the next phases of Downtown Disney's development?
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    Re: Suggestions for New Restaurateurs at Downtown Disney

    The Newsroom Cafes in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica are among my favorites. Santa Monica's Border Grill, and to a lesser extent, Los Angeles' Ciudad, which are both operated by Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, have great food. And, Ann Gentry's Real Food Daily locations near the Beverly Center and in Santa Monica stand out in my mind.

    I also wouldn't mind Downtown Disney having a tea and tonic place like Elixr off Melrose.

    Personally, I've never been very happy with anything I've ordered at Patina or the other Patina Group restaurants.
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    Re: Suggestions for New Restaurateurs at Downtown Disney

    Errol and Kimberly Roussel of CineSpace also seem like good strategic allies for Disney. The digital supper club and lounge concept is quite clever.

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    Re: Suggestions for New Restaurateurs at Downtown Disney

    Well, what about Ed Debevics - there's one in Beverly Hills - on Wilshire if I remember correctly - that could be a fun place to have in Downtown Disney....

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    Re: Suggestions for New Restaurateurs at Downtown Disney

    One of my concerns about Downtown Disney is that it has too many chain establishments.

    I'd like to see more one-of-a-kind, Disneyland-exclusive businesses there or, at least, new variations on the chains.

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    Re: Suggestions for New Restaurateurs at Downtown Disney

    Quote Originally Posted by PragmaticIdealist View Post
    One of my concerns about Downtown Disney is that it has too many chain establishments.

    I'd like to see more one-of-a-kind, Disneyland-exclusive businesses there or, at least, new variations on the chains.
    I see your point there.....

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    Re: Suggestions for New Restaurateurs at Downtown Disney

    Quote Originally Posted by Disneyland Daddy View Post
    Well, what about Ed Debevics - there's one in Beverly Hills - on Wilshire if I remember correctly - that could be a fun place to have in Downtown Disney....
    They've been closed for years, dwindling business finally got them and they couldn't survive on birthday parties.
    While the rest of the suggestions are all wonderful, Cuidad and the Robertson Newsroom Cafe in particular, they're not considered "family-friendly" nor court tourist business. The commonly passed looks of annoyance among diners when kids accompany their parents are usually the universal sign for "oh great!".
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    Re: Suggestions for New Restaurateurs at Downtown Disney

    I would love to have a Raglan Road Irish Pub in Downtown Disney! The one in WDW is awesome! It doesn't have the feel of a chain restaurant either.
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    Re: Suggestions for New Restaurateurs at Downtown Disney

    Just like DLR, I thnk whatever goes into the DD district, needs to be flashy.

    Thats just my thoughts though...

    I think of DD as a place for unique dining, something I cant get ANYWHERE else.

    Too bad I can get some of that stuff in other places....
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    Re: Suggestions for New Restaurateurs at Downtown Disney

    I think that it would be nice to have a place like BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse in DD.
    It is a chain but it really is concentrated here in California and they are expanding east slowly so everyone has not had the opportunity to try them out. Their food has always been consistently great and their menu is large enough to please anyone's taste.

    I have thought about the possiblility of adding new restaurants to DD recently and boy... I wish it would happen soon! There is nothing down there now that I would want to eat (except for the pesto pizza from ESPN Zone that is the best thing down there!)

    I would love to see a Japaneese restaurant there....
    Something with more options than just fried or fast food tasting grub!
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    Re: Suggestions for New Restaurateurs at Downtown Disney

    Disney needs to look no further than at its neighbor with Downtown Fullerton. There's so many independently owned restaurants that are GOOD (chomp, heroes, etc, etc). I can see many of those fitting in with the Disney experience. In fact, a lot of those eateries are MORE Disney than some of the places there now.

    I don't know why but I'm not a fan of Naples and Catal. They're kinda lacking in personality to me.


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    Re: Suggestions for New Restaurateurs at Downtown Disney

    La Brea Bakery doesn't do anything for me, either.

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    Re: Suggestions for New Restaurateurs at Downtown Disney

    Cheesecake factory.

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    Re: Suggestions for New Restaurateurs at Downtown Disney

    Quote Originally Posted by PragmaticIdealist View Post
    La Brea Bakery doesn't do anything for me, either.
    I loathe this place - and they have really lacking customer service too boot.

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    Re: Suggestions for New Restaurateurs at Downtown Disney

    Quote Originally Posted by ALIASd View Post
    They've been closed for years, dwindling business finally got them and they couldn't survive on birthday parties.
    That's too bad. It's been several years since I had been......so I guess I am behind on the times of Ed Debevic's. Oh well.

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