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Big River Grille & Brewing

hijinx

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Curious if there is any news on the future of Big River Grille & Brewing at Boardwalk? I know it's typically not on anyone's top ten dining list, however I was a regular there when I was in town and became friendly with much of the staff. Very concerned that the lack of any news from Disney or their parent company, SPB may be a sign that I may never get to enjoy my beloved Citra Grove IPA after a day in the parks again.
 

wdwmagic

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There was talk of them folding before COVID-19 and my guess would be they are not going to reopen. But as you say, nothing official at this time.
 

"El Scorpion"

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It's kinda eerie on the Boardwalk. Was there a few weeks ago. The day I was wandering around, ESPN Club was closed, Big River closed, Boardwalk Joe's closed. Pizza Window was open though. This was about 3-4pm on a Sunday. I remember strolling through Beach Club and Beaches and Cream had a long wait time.
 

Plowboy

Well-Known Member
There was talk of them folding before COVID-19 and my guess would be they are not going to reopen. But as you say, nothing official at this time.
I hope that is not the case. BRG is one of our first night go-to's. We come from CA so by the time we make it to our resort after a looong day of traveling we hop a bus (or skyliner) to DHS and stretch the legs on a walk over to the Boardwalk. Now, I don't think anyone will confuse BRG for "fine dining", but they do a decent cobb salad. Add in a couple of beers and it's just the ticket for the first night.
 

castlecake2.0

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Lots of open retail space there now. Any rumors on what may be going in them?
With beaches and cream always being a disaster I wonder if ample hills will reopen as an ice cream parlour. Not sure about big river, disney still has 2 other full service restaurants they can reopen before they worry about this location
 

helenabear

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With beaches and cream always being a disaster I wonder if ample hills will reopen as an ice cream parlour. Not sure about big river, disney still has 2 other full service restaurants they can reopen before they worry about this location
Would be nice! AH was a favorite and was sad to hear of its bankruptcy in early March. Was sad the new owner chose not to reopen. Though there is the Fountain at the Dolphin too. But if they do bring in ice cream I hope it's better quality than B&C.
 

NiarrNDisney

Well-Known Member
Should BRG&BW close I hope the Mouse will consider opening a Tap House in its place that serves local Florida Breweries as well as their own beers featured in the parks that are made by the local purveyors. With a menu featuring Charcuterie boards, tapas, and some entrees usually found at a brewery/restaurant (even something akin to Baseline, Geyser Point and Jock Lindsey's) I think it would be a great concept and fit for the Boardwalk.
 

hijinx

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ParentsOf4

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I'm actually really surprised this re-opened. Would have thought it would be a great opportunity for a new restaurant/re-theme.
Disney has little interest in opening a restaurant at this location. For Disney, the location almost certainly is more profitable being rented out to a third party.

I suspect few third party restaurants are going to want to open at this location, incurring the costs of retheming, paying Disney's high rent, and doing so while foot traffic is down and seating capacity is limited due to COVID.

Given the current circumstances, I'm more than a little worried that re-opening now will be a money loser for Big River Grille, leading to this location's eventual closing.
 

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