Disneyland is exploring new options for a hotel restaurant location that was home for decades to an upscale steakhouse steeped in Disney history before being permanently shuttered during the pandemic.
Walt Disney Imagineering and Disneyland teams are in the early stages of exploring opportunities for the former Steakhouse 55 restaurant space, according to Disneyland officials.
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An “Imagineering in Progress” sign has been posted in front of black curtains screening the former Steakhouse 55 restaurant at the Disneyland Hotel, according to MiceChat.
“We’re not sure what’s happening here, but we would absolutely love to see this restaurant return,” according to MiceChat.
Things seem to be on a roll again at #Disneyland. “Imagineering in Progress” at the shuttered Steakhouse 55 location! pic.twitter.com/kls6BBHeqJ
— MiceChat (@MiceChat) January 27, 2023
Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel permanently closed in July 2021 during the phased reopening of eateries, shops and attractions at the Disneyland resort following the yearlong COVID-19 closure of the Anaheim theme park.
Fans of the Disneyland steakhouse cheered a few months later when the high-end restaurant concept was revived at Walt Disney World.
Steakhouse 71 opened in October 2021 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort during the kick off of the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1971 debut of the Magic Kingdom.
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The clubby and pricey Steakhouse 55 opened in 2006 at the Disneyland Hotel with an elegant Old Hollywood atmosphere. Steakhouse 55 replaced Granville’s Steak House, which opened in 1983. The 55 in the steakhouse name refers to the 1955 opening date of the Disneyland theme park.
The dimly lit and dark wood-appointed Disneyland Hotel steakhouse promised to take diners back to a bygone era of lavish decadence and old Hollywood glamor.
An Orange County Register restaurant review called Steakhouse 55 the place to go for dirty martinis, bone-in rib-eyes and the “legendary” 24-layer chocolate cake.