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Old 12-11-2011, 07:27 AM   #1
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California Grill closing... (rumor)

Perhaps this isn't news, as I have seen this rumor posted in other threads, but DW and I had dinner at the California Grill last night and spoke to one of our long-time CM acquaintances who works there. Apparently, the Contemporary needs extensive roof and infrastructure repair which will necessitate closing the California Grill for approximately six months, beginning in the fourth quarter of 2012. Wait staff with seniority will be assigned to other restaurants during closure, but there are no guarantees on keeping positions open. The restaurant will not reopen as California Grill, as management has decided to refresh the look, fare and name - there will be a restaurant in the space when it reopens, but it will be a completely new concept.

We had a tremendous meal there last evening. Everything was outstanding, including the sushi, entrees desserts, wines and expert service. If this holds true, we will miss this fine restaurant.
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:33 AM   #2
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We just ate there Friday night. Everything was spectacular. We ate back in the wine room, and could actually "hear" the music in the background - it was just lovely.

We try to eat here 3-4 times a year.... it's our very favorite. I would be "so" sad to see it go!
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:39 AM   #3
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Maybe they'll bring back Broadway At The Top!
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Old 12-12-2011, 08:17 PM   #4
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Oh my gosh, I have the most wonderful memories of Broadway at the Top!
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:26 AM   #5
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Wow, I hope that's just rumor! California Grill is my whole family's favorite restaurant and I would be very sad to see it go, particularly Yoshi's wonderful sushi creations.
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:11 AM   #6
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Wow. I hadn't heard that. This is DH's favorite place to go. We will definitely have to eat there when we go in August. I hope it doesn't close before then.

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Old 12-11-2011, 10:27 AM   #7
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With that location and view, I'm pretty sure there will be a restaurant there.

And since CG seems to have done quite well since it opened, hard to understand why they would want to change it very much.
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Old 12-11-2011, 12:19 PM   #8
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Well now I'm just so sad I cancelled our 12/18 reservation there and booked Yachtsman instead. Also one of our faves and if this rumor is true, I'd have wanted one last experience there!
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My last two meals at California Grill were relatively disappointing, so I hope this rumor is true. The decor should definitely be brought into the 21st century, and a more modern menu could also make the restaurant even better.
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Old 03-16-2012, 03:10 PM   #11
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Love how the thread has gone from "Cailfornia Grill closing rumor" to "Let's rip on the DDP!" How disappointing and not at all surprising. I came to find out if there is any truth to the rumor. I can't tell.
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Love how the thread has gone from "Cailfornia Grill closing rumor" to "Let's rip on the DDP!" How disappointing and not at all surprising. I came to find out if there is any truth to the rumor. I can't tell.
So agreed, I understand, CLEARLY, the opposition to the DDP, but what i really want to know is is CA Grill Closing, Refurbing, or Nothing....
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Old 01-29-2012, 09:34 PM   #13
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Funny you should hear that. We just returned after 4 days at WDW, and we were talking to several cast members who, while not saying anything about the California Grill, mentioned all the problems they have had over the years at the Contemporary with water leaks due to old and deteriorating pipes and such, and how they have spent a ton of money on that building in recent times. It would be nice for a change up there, it's getting a bit stale after all this time. We go quite often, so maybe that has something to do with it.
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I actually heard it could be closed for up to a year.
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