Downtown Disney's Earl of Sandwich did, in fact, reopen today, despite a last-minute report in a local newspaper that the reopening had been postponed.
And that's not the only quick service food option that visitors to the west side of the shopping district will be able to enjoy in the coming weeks. Disneyland is supplementing Earl of Sandwich with a variety of food trucks that will be parking and serving in the area from 3pm on each evening.
All this is because Disney is now stuck with a construction site that has no construction project. Disneyland had closed all the retail locations on the western end of Downtown Disney last spring, in anticipation of starting construction on its fourth on-site hotel. But that plan stalled in a political battle with the City of Anaheim over a proposed tax break for the hotel, which the city claimed was no longer eligible after Disney moved it from its original site following its decision to cancel the Eastern Gateway project, which would have seen the resort's second parking garage go up on a plot of land between Harbor Boulevard and Interstate 5. Now, the garage is going up next to the Mickey and Friends parking structure, which pushed the hotel site to the south.
So while Disney decides what to do with its plans for another hotel — whether to go ahead, change the hotel's "luxury" design, or to kill the whole thing — Disneyland visitors can chow down on Earl of Sandwich as well as The Habit Burger, Brew Wings, Crepes Bonaparte, and whatever else rolls up at Disney's request.
Later this year, Disneyland will announce opening dates for its other Downtown Disney restaurants now under construction: the Salt & Straw ice cream shop, Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer, and San Diego-based Ballast Point brewery.Tweet
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