PHOTOS - Big River Grille and Brewing Works reopens on Disney's BoardWalk

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Big River Grille and Brewing Works overview

Big River Grille and Brewing Works has reopened on Disney's BoardWalk after a year-long closure.

The restaurant closed back in early 2020 and its future remained uncertain as the vast majority of all other third party operated restaurants reopened following the COVID-19 shutdown. The BoardWalk area was hit particularly hard during the height of the pandemic, with Ample Hills permanently closing, and Flying Fish, Jelly Rolls and ESPN Club still closed.

Operation hours are currently 11am to 10pm weekdays, and 11am to 11pm on Friday and Saturday.

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Article Posted: Feb 23, 2021 / 12:47pm ET
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DVCakaCarlF6 days ago

And spring break

DVCakaCarlF6 days ago

They likely got some PPP in this latest relief and needed to open to utilize it, especially for hospitality multiplier of 2.5-3.

ParentsOf46 days ago

The issue with the Boardwalk is parking. Many try to finagle their way into the Boardwalk parking lot to avoid the $25 Epcot parking fee. If they get in, they head straight for Epcot with no intention of ever stopping by the Boardwalk. As a result, parking at the Boardwalk is particularly difficult, discouraging those who might want to stop by and experience the Boardwalk's entertainment, restaurants, and shops. The only solution I can think of is to charge $25 for Boardwalk parking, and then have restaurants and bars validate parking in order to avoid the $25 charge. One of our DVCs is at BWV, so we stay there a lot. The Boardwalk can be so much fun at night! ESPN Club seems like it would compete directly for the same clientele that Big River Grille goes for. Not so sure about the Flying Fish though - two completely different price points.

castlecake2.06 days ago

I wonder with flying fish and ESPN both still closed this might help them for a while. Not sure what occupancy in the crescent lake area is right now though. also off topic, but I always felt that the boardwalk was never fully realized in its potential. I always felt it could be a Disney Springs lite but they kinda just let it fizzle.

Plowboy6 days ago


ParentsOf47 days ago

Disney has little interest in opening a restaurant at this location. For Disney, the location almost certainly is more profitable being rented out to a third party. I suspect few third party restaurants are going to want to open at this location, incurring the costs of retheming, paying Disney's high rent, and doing so while foot traffic is down and seating capacity is limited due to COVID. Given the current circumstances, I'm more than a little worried that re-opening now will be a money loser for Big River Grille, leading to this location's eventual closing.

Epcotfan217 days ago

I'm actually really surprised this re-opened. Would have thought it would be a great opportunity for a new restaurant/re-theme.

Sirwalterraleigh7 days ago

Get flying fish going...or espn...still good news

ParentsOf48 days ago

The Big River Grille website now lists hours for their Orlando location. Also, no longer listed as "Temporarily Unavailable" on the official WDW website. @wdwmagic, time to post an update?

DisDadWoz8 days ago

So I heard they reopened yesterday. Is that correct?

ParentsOf423 days ago

Big River Grille posted job openings on Indeed for their Lake Buena Vista location

hijinx23 days ago

NiarrNDisneyJan 10, 2021

Should BRG&BW close I hope the Mouse will consider opening a Tap House in its place that serves local Florida Breweries as well as their own beers featured in the parks that are made by the local purveyors. With a menu featuring Charcuterie boards, tapas, and some entrees usually found at a brewery/restaurant (even something akin to Baseline, Geyser Point and Jock Lindsey's) I think it would be a great concept and fit for the Boardwalk.