Looking for a place to relax and let loose after a day at the theme parks? Universal Citywalk is a great venue for eating, shopping, nightlife and relaxing. Last December Universal announced its plans to renovate Citywalk and the venue has undergone an exciting large scale renovation and enhancement. There are lots of new eateries to experience, even if you are a local just looking for a night out – Citywalk has amazing options!
The expansion comes after a nationwide search for culinary concepts that include a mix of established national brands, up-and-coming concepts and Universal’s own creations. The new venues will share an overall theme that includes inviting common areas, al fresco dining, open kitchens and more.
Universal CityWalk was due for an overhaul so that it would grow along with the rest of the Universal Orlando Resort destination. Universal wanted to be sure its guests would have an amazing new collection of experiences that will be top of the line and offer something for different for everyone.
The new venues include Hot Dog Hall of Fame, featuring iconic hot dog creations from some of our nation’s most famous ball parks. Universal partnered with Steven Schussler, the global culinary concept creator behind popular restaurants like Rain Forest Cafe, Backfire Barbecue and more, to bring his Hot Dog Hall of Fame concept to CityWalk. They also include CowFish, an innovative and trend-setting concept out of Charlotte, North Carolina with a signature dish called “Burgushi;” and popular frozen treat spots Cold Stone Creamery and Menchie’s.
Original concepts include Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, a unique, vibrant dining experience, Bread Box, a home-style sandwich shop; VIVO Italian Kitchen, where guests can watch as the culinary team handcrafts their pasta from scratch; and Red Oven Pizza Bakery – Universal’s first-ever Neapolitan-style pizza bakery, which is now open.
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