The Polite Pig opens April 10 in the Town Center at Disney Springs

Apr 05, 2017 in "The Polite Pig"

The Polite Pig construction
Posted: Wednesday April 5, 2017 10:08am EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

An April 10 opening date has now been set for latest Disney Springs eatery, The Polite Pig.

The "modern barbecue" restaurant is operated by award-winning Orlando Chefs James and Julie Petrakis, who also operate the acclaimed Ravenous Pig and Swine & Sons in nearby Winter Park.

The Official Disney Parks Blog spoke to Julie Petrakis about The Polite Pig and what you can expect.

Why did you decide to open at restaurant at Disney Springs?
Disney approached us with the idea of opening a fast-casual outpost that would represent the atmosphere and quality of our Winter Park location, The Ravenous Pig. We shared their enthusiasm for bringing a true local restaurant to Disney Springs.

Is the menu similar to The Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder, your other restaurants in Central Florida?
I would say that the menu is similar in its approach to using quality, seasonal ingredients, with our signature touch. We’ll have Cask & Larder Brewery beers, cocktails on tap and also an extensive Bourbon Bar. And this restaurant will focus a bit more on wood-smoked and grilled items.

Anything you’ll offer at The Polite Pig that will be a signature, or exclusive to that restaurant?
Most of the menu will be exclusive to The Polite Pig: modern barbecue with The Ravenous Pig twist. Like the Southern Pig Sandwich with pulled pork off the smoker, apple slaw, mustard sauce and Duke’s mayo; peel-and-eat shrimp with bourbon-cocktail sauce, and crispy Brussels sprouts with whiskey caramel.

Who will be the chef daily in The Polite Pig kitchen?
We have two of our Ravenous Pig/Cask & Larder veterans at the helm, Jared Thate and Allie Weldon, along with Chef James Petrakis’ guidance and inspiration.

Tell us about the craft beer program.
We will feature four of our beloved Cask & Larder Brewery brews on tap, as well as a couple other Florida/domestic craft beers.

Anything special about The Polite Pig cocktails?
We will feature five house cocktails on tap, including some of our crowd favorites from The Ravenous Pig, such as the Gin and Tonic and Old-Fashioned.

How many seats and describe the décor.
We’ll have 190 seats, and the décor pays homage to the beloved swine of The Polite Pig, as well as antiquity. Whimsical pigs on various adventures can be seen throughout the space, and rustic touches are used for custom featured art pieces. Large faded graphics also adorn the main wall of the space adding to the feel of the long-time family run business.

What’s your favorite dish on The Polite Pig menu?
My favorite appetizer is the Hop Salt Pretzel with beer cheese fondue and IPA mustard. Favorite sandwich: the Salmon BLT with bacon jam, marinated tomato, romaine and aioli. I love that with a side of charred broccoli tossed with herb buttermilk dressing and house granola.

What do you think is the secret to good food?
Using quality seasonal ingredients and taking great care of it by enhancing with smoke/cooking, proper seasoning and passion!

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*Grand Admiral Thrawn*Sep 08, 2019

On our last day for Disney, we went here for dinner. It was very good! I got the grilled chicken. The Food had very interesting bbq flavors. The lemonade was also very good and fresh. It was their own specialty kind.

WDWtravelerOct 08, 2018

Photo update as of Monday, October 8, 2018. The covered patio is open.

WDWtravelerSep 28, 2018

Photo update as of Friday, September 28, 2018. The tile roof has been installed on the roof overhang, which matches tile roofs on other buildings in the area. Overhead fans and lights, and copper gutter have been installed. Cast member states inspection will be next week, and perhaps opening by next weekend.

WDWtravelerAug 31, 2018

Photo update as of Friday, August 31, 2018. The patio overhang has been installed. (I wish it was larger.)

JenniferSAug 13, 2018

You’re the best. 👍

WDWtravelerAug 13, 2018

Photo update as of Monday, August 13, 2018. Employees confirm The Polite Pig is adding a wooden roof to it's outdoor dining patio and overhead fans will be added. There is some outdoor dining tables still available near the outdoor bar (see left side of below photo).

wdwmagicAug 08, 2018

Yep the outdoor seating area is currently walled off.

RteetzAug 08, 2018

It appears the Polite Pig is adding a shade structure to its outdoor seating area.

emcclayApr 18, 2017

Today it was $4. Had the fried chicken sandwich, sweet potato tots, and split a pitcher of beer with a friend. My total was $34 including tip.

Kman101Apr 14, 2017

When I think of Chicago I think of BBQ ...

disney4life2008Apr 14, 2017

I am from Chicago. There is one thing that Orlando is no good on and that is bbq. Though 4rivers does an edible job.

Little Green MenApr 13, 2017

:rolleyes:

wdwmagicApr 13, 2017

There is a lot BBQ on the menu. Smoked chicken, brisket, pulled pork, pork shoulder, ribs.

disney4life2008Apr 13, 2017

Hmm this looks terrible. Im confused this is bbq? Where is the BBQ at? Tragic!