Spice Road Table closing today and reopening soon with a new menu

Dec 10, 2020 in "Spice Road Table"

Posted: Thursday December 10, 2020 7:42am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

EPCOT's Spice Road Table will close today (December 10 2020) as it transitions from third party to Disney operated.

The table service restaurant in the Morocco Pavilion will soon be under the control of Disney as the current operating participant withdraws from the park. Plans are to reopen on December 13 2020 with an updated menu. Small plate options will remain, including Hummus Fries, Tiropitakia and Fried Calamari. Spice Road Table will be walk-up only with no reservations.

Elsewhere at Morocco, the Kids to Fun Stop will move location from today, and the Souk-Al-Magreb store will reopen December 12.

Marrakesh Moroccan Restaurant LLC, which was the operator of the pavilion's dining and merchandise locations, has struggled during the COVID-19 shutdown and subsequent phased reopening. In particular, the Tangierine Cafe closed shortly after its reopening.

Many of the EPCOT pavilion restaurants and stores are operated by third party participants, including those found at China, Mexico, Japan, France and Italy.

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larryzDec 16, 2020

That's basically how Wal-Marts operate and they seem to be doing fine. I thought Wal-Marts operated on the bizzare principle, rather than the bazaar principle...

UNCgolfDec 16, 2020

That's basically how Wal-Marts operate and they seem to be doing fine.

TrainChasersDec 16, 2020

Have you visited Galaxies Edge?

jaklgreenDec 16, 2020

But we are in America. I am sure the Bazaar approach works great there. Not so much here. Nothing wrong with that, just different.

UNCgolfDec 15, 2020

I wasn't complaining -- Disney is serving the same type of food Spice Road Table served under the previous management. Can't blame them for making a negative change because there hasn't really been a change.

_calebDec 15, 2020

There's not always a huge difference.

_calebDec 15, 2020

Yeah- other cultures know nothing about selling stuff!

TrainChasersDec 15, 2020

Spice Road wasn’t supposed to be historic Morroco was it? It always seemed like it was supposed to represent modern.

MisterPenguinDec 15, 2020

It's still just lounge food. They haven't even opened up full meal kitchens yet. When they open Marrakesh and they serve French fries, I'll pick up my pitchfork and join your mob.

UNCgolfDec 15, 2020

Indeed. It's Mediterranean but not Moroccan. At least Restaurant Marrakesh had some more authentic dishes like couscous.

FlynnwriterDec 15, 2020

Disagree. I travel all the time. Each country has a wealth of specific merchandise that would appeal to the Epcot shopper AND support the culture of each country. Disney World retail has been homogenized and made to resemble a KOHLS. Chapek wants to dumb down and simplify retail so there are less items and everything supports an IP. This is a disaster for the park stores.

jaklgreenDec 15, 2020

They need to bottle and sell the harissa sauce that they use in Restaurant Marrakesh.

LittleBufordDec 15, 2020

Egypt has zabadi, which is a version of tzaziki, but that’s at the other end of North Africa. There’s nothing particularly Moroccan about either the previous menu or the current one.

jaklgreenDec 15, 2020

Yep! I don't like clutter. LOL Plus anyone who has ever worked in retail knows that you sell more when things are organized.