Thursday, June 11, 2015

Details on The Edison, a new restaurant coming to Disney Springs

An artist's rendering of The Edison (Disney Parks Blog)
More details have been announced about The Edison, the "Industrial Gothic"-style restaurant and lounge coming to Disney Springs.

In addition to food and cocktails, The Edison will feature nightly entertainment, including contortionists, palm readers, DJs and more — filling an entertainment void left by the closing of the Adventurer's Club back in 2008.

"The Edison is dedicated to a resurgence of old world-style sophistication and romance," according to a release from Patina Restaurant Group, which also operates Tutto Italia Ristorante and Via Napoli at the Epcot World Showcase. "The Florida venue will be themed to a 1920s-period electric company and recall an exuberant era of invention and imagination."

Like the original location in Los Angeles, the space will have 35-foot ceilings and a number of themed areas, including The Lab performance space, The Ember Parlour, Telegraph Lounge, The Patent Office, The Tesla Lounge, The Radio Room, Waterfront Patio. Entertainment will include contortionists, palm readers, DJs and more. 

The Edison will open at Disney Springs in 2016, and reservations will be available through the Disney Dining website. You can see much more about the original restaurant at its (needlessly complicated) website.

Entertainment 


The Edison opened eight years ago and quickly became a downtown Los Angeles institution.

The entertainment announced for the Disney Springs location — contortionists, palm readers, DJs — is in keeping with what visitors find at the original Edison in downtown Los Angeles. L.A., though, boasts a flapper burlesque show, which may have been just a bit too risqué for Disney. (Too bad.)

This may be just the venue fans of the Adventurer's Club have been longing for since the Pleasure Island nightclub closed its doors several years back. It was themed to the mid-1930s and featured a cast of adventurer who performed in shows and interacted with the club's patrons. I would expect the palm readers at the Edison to play a similar role, mingling with guests.

Food and beverages 


The Downtown L.A. venue has an impressive menu of both food and beverages. In addition to a menu of cocktails, it is a liquor aficionado's dream, with a collection that includes of 19 bourbons, 19 tequilas, 24 scotches, 7 varieties of absinthe, among many others.

The Lab at the Edison in Los Angeles 
(from the restaurant's website)
Its menu is heavy on appetizers and sharable foods like charcuterie and cheese, which is fitting for the lounge atmosphere, but it does have a variety of entrees as well. Here's a sampling of the menu:

  • Bacon-maple beer nuts ($6)
  • Hand-looped pretzel ($7.50)
  • Truffled mac and cheese ($14)
  • Artisanal flatbreads ($14-$17)
  • Kobe Beef sliders ($16)
  • Fried chicken sliders (12)
  • Cabernet braised short ribs ($18) 
  • Flat-iron steak with Edison fries ($23.50)
  • The Elvis, a pan-fried sandwich with peanut butter and banana served with Cajeta caramel ($8)
  • Warm chocolate chip cookies ($8) 

It remains to be seen what will be on the menu at Disney Springs; all Disney has said is that the Edison will offer "classic American food." The food prices seem very reasonable, but you can run up a huge bill with the cocktails, which cost $14 (even the non-alcoholic versions). It will be interesting to see how the price points compare once the Disney Springs spin-off opens.

The L.A. location has minimum purchases for table service after 7 p.m. on some nights — $25 per person on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and $50 per person Fridays and Saturdays. This would be a first for Disney World. One positive, a policy like this could free up the tables for people who want to sit and eat a meal. 
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