Downtown Disney restaurants shuttered by the state’s recently lifted stay-at-home order are preparing to reopen this weekend as Disneyland recalls hundreds of workers to ready Disney California Adventure eateries for reopening.
Tortilla Jo’s, Naples Ristorante and Uva Bar & Cafe will reopen on Saturday, Jan. 30 while Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen will return on Monday, Feb. 1. Reservations for all four Downtown Disney restaurants can be made on the Disneyland website.
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Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are unlikely to return to full operation until spring or summer under COVID-19 health and safety reopening guidelines issued by the state.
DCA’s Buena Vista Street restaurants had reopened for less than three weeks when the state lockdown shuttered them again. Several Downtown Disney eateries closed as well due to the lockdown.
The sudden end to the state’s stay-at-home order surprised Downtown Disney restaurant operators — with many like Catal, Ballast Point Brewing Co. and La Brea Bakery still not announcing reopening dates yet.
Some Downtown Disney eateries like Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes, Earl of Sandwich, Jamba, Salt & Straw and Wetzel’s Pretzels remained open for take-out orders during the lockdown.
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Disney California Adventure has begun recalling more than 200 employees to reopen the Carthay Circle, Award Wieners and Smokejumpers Grill restaurants that were closed by the state’s stay at home order. Reopening dates have not yet been announced for the DCA restaurants.
Outdoor vending carts in Disney California Adventure are once again selling ice cream, cotton candy, soft drinks and other food and beverage items.
Outdoor tables and seating that had been removed due the lockdown have begun returning throughout DCA’s Buena Vista Street district. A ban on eating and drinking in Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street has been lifted.
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A majority of the outdoor dining restaurants in Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street closed on Dec. 7 due to the Southern California stay-at-home order issued by state officials. During the lockdown, Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street restaurants only offered take-out while retail locations remained open at reduced capacity. Buena Vista Street reopened on Nov. 19 as part of the Downtown Disney outdoor shopping district while the rest of Disney California Adventure remains closed.
Additional updates on Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street restaurant reopenings are expected soon.