Oak A

Published: December 12, 2013 at 9:59 AM

I heard that a new cornerstone restaurant would be a Jekyll & Hyde location. I have dined at the NYC location, and the atmosphere was incredible.
Robert Niles

Published: December 12, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Apparently, there will be more announcements in June. I'm guessing that J&H might be announced then, in conjunction with the Harry Potter Diagon Alley press opening.
Melanie Howe

Published: December 12, 2013 at 11:15 AM

I'm hoping the J&H rumors are true....Otherwise, this is a sad, sad list of replacements for my beloved Latin Quarter.....First time I've ever been totally underwhelmed by a Universal "big" announcement. Keeping my fingers crossed for more later.
Shannon Nelson

Published: December 12, 2013 at 11:53 AM

I agree with Melanie. Very underwhelming replacements aside from J&H, which looks awesome. But another Starbucks, coldstone creamery, already have these in Houma, LA. Even the Cowfish sushi burger looks underwhelming. I can get a good burger at Nascar grill. So I will miss Latin Quarter, but imagine J&H at Halloween horror nights. Places like that is what Universal needs, not places you can go to in your hometown. Even the BK Whopper bar, you can get burgers you can't get at a regular BK. Much rather see NBA city replaced with NFL or maybe a WWE restaurant.
James Rao

Published: December 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM

I think change is great, so I am not opposed to it in anyway (unless that change involves removing Spider-Man from IOA), and most of these restaurants sound mildly interesting and somewhat unique. However, bringing in a Schussler Creative restaurant cannot be a good thing (Hot Dog Hall Of Fame)... Schussler is great at concepts, but the food is usually awful and the prices out of control. I had hoped Universal would learn from Disney's mistakes (Rainforest Cafe, T-Rex), not copy them!

Besides, can't you still get a Nathan's Dog inside the park?

Published: December 12, 2013 at 4:30 PM

We went to the Red Oven Pizza last week and it was fantastic! What a pleasant surprise to actually find good pizza in Florida. And the staff was great as well. Also, it was open at 2am on a Sunday night! A great first step for the new Citywalk.
Robert Niles

Published: December 12, 2013 at 4:38 PM

I'll take USH's new Pink's over UOR's new hot dog place, no matter what how it turns out.

Published: December 12, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Yes! At least in October they were still serving Nathan's Hot Dogs in the parks. Despite the high-falutin food that Niles and company review on here, for me, nothing beats a frozen butterbeer and a hotdog in IOA. Just watch out if you get one in the Lost Continent area. The squirrels by the hotdog stand are not shy and they'll jump right onto your table to try and steal a bite.

Moving Starbucks to the lower level of CW makes sense too. There have been many a time after HHN that I would have loved to get a frappucino, but I didn't want to walk up the stairs to see if they were still open or not. There's nothing more disappointing than walking around a park for 8+ hours and then climb the escalator stairs that are always out of order, then find out Starbucks is closed.

Gabriel Schroll

Published: December 12, 2013 at 9:11 PM

It seems kind of cool to me, except for the hot dog place. I actually preferred Starbucks to be upstairs, as it was nice to sit by the window and people watch from above. But it's still Starbucks. I'd prefer they put in something a little more unique. Starbucks is on every street corner as it is.

I'd love to see J&H! That would be pretty amazing. I also can't say I'm disappointed in the Burgushi concept, having never heard of that before. I'll definitely try it the next time I'm in Orlando.

Change is (usually) good. Mixing it up, trying new things, replacing underperforming restaurants and/or stores is in their best interest. If a new restaurant is sub par, it'll only be a matter of time before it's replaced with something else. That's just the way these things work.

Now if they could just remove Rip Ride Rockit and put in an actual B&M coaster with some inversions and/or "real" loops, I'd be happy. I hate that ride.

Oh well.

I'm looking forward to seeing the changes. They won't all be good, but at least Pastamore is going away. Never did like that place.

Mark Hollamon

Published: December 13, 2013 at 4:58 AM

I didn't read anywhere in the post that the NASCAR Cafe was one of the old eateries on the chopping block and that is too bad. The NASCAR Cafe is one of if not the worst restaurants in or out of a theme park.

Missed opportunities?

Annette Forrest

Published: December 13, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Does anyone know anything about the Jekyl & Hyde Club coming to Universal?

They had one in NYC for years my husband loved (he's a big horror fan). We never got to take my boys though because it closed a few years ago. It was located near Central Park, on 7th Avenue I believe. It was themed like the mad scientist's lab and was spooky inside. Like Halloween every day.

I have seen rumors about it coming to Universal for several months now. Anyone got the scoop on that?


Published: December 13, 2013 at 4:53 PM

We ate at NASCAR a couple times. It wasn't the most memorable dinner experience, but we had no problem with the food at all.

This being said, I wouldn't mind seeing it go along with NBA. I think change is great, which is why I'm not upset about everything that is coming down in favor of new restaurants.


Published: December 13, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Forgot to mention. We love the fact that there is a Starbucks right in the Hard Rock hotel. Nothing beats grabbing a Caramel Macchiato on the way to IOA for early entry.

Being up that early at the resort it sort of surreal. The only other people walking around are all on-site guests. Everyone is so quiet, even though thousands of people are converging on the gates at IOA.

At night time, only the die-hards are at the CityWalk until all hours of the morning. Nothing like an evening boat drink at the Lone Palm Airport.

Published: December 15, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Don't underestimate CowFish. This place is one of the best new and fun restaurants that I have been to in a while. Since it opened in Raleigh it is truly a tough table to get with constant long waits.