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Old 12-19-2012, 06:35 PM   #1
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How long has Biergarten been there?

I ate at Biergarten last week and absolutely loved it (hint to those who love Le Cellier's Cheddar Cheese Soup: Biergarten has an amazing one you should check out, as well). I was telling a friend about it and how he would enjoy it. He told me that he had dined in Germany in the past, but it wasn't a buffet. Also, he remembered eating osso bucco and loving it at this same restaurant. Now, I'm thinking that osso bucco is Italian, so maybe he was remembering a different restaurant. However, he was certain that it was Biergarten and that they have just changed the restaurant style and menu.


Can anyone confirm that he is correct or incorrect?
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I ate at Biergarten last week and absolutely loved it (hint to those who love Le Cellier's Cheddar Cheese Soup: Biergarten has an amazing one you should check out, as well). I was telling a friend about it and how he would enjoy it. He told me that he had dined in Germany in the past, but it wasn't a buffet. Also, he remembered eating osso bucco and loving it at this same restaurant. Now, I'm thinking that osso bucco is Italian, so maybe he was remembering a different restaurant. However, he was certain that it was Biergarten and that they have just changed the restaurant style and menu.


Can anyone confirm that he is correct or incorrect?
Sometimes being the author of The Epcot Explorer's Encyclopedia comes in handy

Biergarten has existed since Epcot opened - however it wasn't always the buffet.

The conversion happened in 1996 - taking over the intended exit corridor space for the abandoned Rhine Rive Cruise boat ride for the buffet itself. That's why it's up some stairs - the previous design would have had unloading boat ride guests "view" the restaurant and entertainment from an area where they could stop and watch at the rear. The ride was never built and Biergarten took over part of the space as it changed menus.

Notably, after Biergarten was made a buffet, Le Cellier was transformed into a regular sit down restaurant from it's initial design as a Buffeteria.
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:49 PM   #3
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Also, references to the early Biergarten menu frequently mention various veal items - osso bucco is veal, so it's likely he's not wrong depending on the year.
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He went for the food and wine festival and was of legal age to drink. He turned 21 in October of 2004, so I'm thinking he's remembering a different restaurant, or is not remembering correctly that it was a buffet.
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Oh, and thanks for mentioning The Epcot Explorer's Encyclopedia. Just in case I didn't have enough Disney cites to waste time on, I can now add this one
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He went for the food and wine festival and was of legal age to drink. He turned 21 in October of 2004, so I'm thinking he's remembering a different restaurant, or is not remembering correctly that it was a buffet.
Probably Italy's old Alfredo's then - none of the other locations are likely to serve it. If it was recent it's now Tutto Italia and it's on the menu.
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I was stationed

in Orlando for school when Epcot opened. A friend from high school was visiting Epcot and I joined in. We could not get in but they sounded like they were having a great time. I try to go as often as possible now.

(I remember Epcot had video stations then where you could ask CMs various questions. I wonder when those were removed.)
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