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wvaspartan 01-27-2013 07:02 PM

California Grill concept art
 
looks like the Puccini Group is doing the redesign... Talk about bland and lacking Deluxe Restaurant look of a venue. From color to full wall booths.

http://puccinigroup.com/project/conf...al-restaurant/

JimmyV 01-27-2013 08:47 PM

I like it. Not in love with the wood chairs. But the overall design is pleasing. The old color splash was very 1990 Spago. The new concept is much more in line with high end Californian restaurants of today. I like what they did at Fifth Floor, so I'm willing to see how this plays out.

PoohsFan1 01-27-2013 10:16 PM

I think it looks great so far, but I have to see it first hand to really get a good judgement. As long as they don't change anything else but just the decor, I'll be happy. My family loves California Grill and we would be so disappointed if they got rid of some of our favorite dishes during this refurb.

Sweet Melissa 01-27-2013 10:22 PM

Aesthetically, I like it. My only qualm is with all the long benches that stretch along tables on the edges of the restaurant. I feel those make for tables that lack intimacy and privacy. I hope that in the final design there's still a lounge that offers seating where you don't feel like you're in a fishbowl.

Sweet Melissa 01-27-2013 10:24 PM

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Originally Posted by PoohsFan1 (Post 47329703)
I think it looks great so far, but I have to see it first hand to really get a good judgement. As long as they don't change anything else but just the decor, I'll be happy. My family loves California Grill and we would be so disappointed if they got rid of some of our favorite dishes during this refurb.

Well, since Chef Yoshie isn't coming back, I don't have a lot of hope that the sushi menu will stay the same, and that's a loss. I'm sure the other menus will change somewhat too, but as long as the cuisine itself is still similar I'll likely be happy.

Trish.Glenn 01-27-2013 10:33 PM

I think it looks nice! Can not wait till it is done!

AllieV 01-27-2013 10:34 PM

Those common dinner benches were all the rage beginning about 6-8 years ago. I thought by now restauranteurs would have realized that diners pretty much hate them. It feels like you're dining with the people on both sides of you and having dinner conversation is awkward.

PoohsFan1 01-27-2013 10:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Sweet Melissa (Post 47329790)
Well, since Chef Yoshie isn't coming back, I don't have a lot of hope that the sushi menu will stay the same, and that's a loss. I'm sure the other menus will change somewhat too, but as long as the cuisine itself is still similar I'll likely be happy.

Oh say it ain't so!!!!!!!! I love Chef Yoshie, you are right....it will definitely be a loss. Too sad :sad2:

Colleen27 01-27-2013 10:51 PM

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Originally Posted by AllieV (Post 47329883)
Those common dinner benches were all the rage beginning about 6-8 years ago. I thought by now restauranteurs would have realized that diners pretty much hate them. It feels like you're dining with the people on both sides of you and having dinner conversation is awkward.

I suspect that's a cost-benefit thing... Think about Le Cellier. Guests often complain about the closeness of tables but every table is still full. Why not take the same approach to another very popular restaurant? I hate that style of seating too, but I'm not at all surprised to see it coming to California Grill. When a restaurant is booked solid as often as that place was it is only natural to try to pack in more tables.

Nothing about the concept art really wows me, but there's probably some pessimism there because Chef Yoshie was the main reason we loved California Grill and I can't imagine we'll enjoy it nearly as much in its new incarnation.

parkhopping 01-27-2013 11:03 PM

I like how it says "Restaurant (Confidential)", yet you can see Space Mountain and the castle in the windows :rotfl:

goofyintoronto 01-27-2013 11:11 PM

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Originally Posted by parkhopping
I like how it says "Restaurant (Confidential)", yet you can see Space Mountain and the castle in the windows :rotfl:

Ya, that's confidential alright. LMAO!!!! pretty funny.

I think the new design is nice. But I was hoping for something more. I guess i will have to see it in person to judge.

goofy4prez 01-27-2013 11:11 PM

I have to agree with the OP, I am not overly "wowed" with the look based on the photos; it looks just ok to me. I wonder what Robert Irvine and 10K could do to this place. :rotfl2:

(With that said, I will still be certain to make an ADR for my Nov/Dec trip). ;)

Polydweller 01-28-2013 12:22 AM

I also have problems with those long benches. They just don't seem right for a signature restaurant. With that configuration you really don't feel like you have your own table and other diners have to squeeze past your table to get in and out. Real pleasant when you are eating your dinner. Just what I want, someone's derrière about 1 inch from my food.

I'm also not a fan of the colors though will wait to see about that one. My first reaction is that they aren't rich enough for one of Disney's leading restaurants.

JimmyV 01-28-2013 12:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AllieV (Post 47329883)
Those common dinner benches were all the rage beginning about 6-8 years ago. I thought by now restauranteurs would have realized that diners pretty much hate them. It feels like you're dining with the people on both sides of you and having dinner conversation is awkward.

Restaurants love the row of two tops because they can become tables for four (or six) very easily. Often times (and this was the case with the CG before), two tops are spread around the perimeter or interior of the restaurant and are hard to reconfigure. To convert to a four top, (if there is even room), you have to move both tables and chairs. When the tables are in a row, you slide one table over 20 inches and move one chair. Boom! Two twos become a four. And you know there will be room. Yes, diners don't favor this setup. But people aren't going to walk out of the restaurant if seated there. Also, this area is more likely to be a kid-free zone since the set-up is a series of two tops. Can't put a family of seven in there.

Uncleromulus 01-28-2013 09:37 AM

Why do I have the feeling that if they can screw up what was a good thing--they will???


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