We were hoping when we first read “Regal Eagle” Smokehouse that somehow a fun Disney twist would be added to this incoming Epcot quick-service restaurant. We are happy to share, that YES… a Disney twist is in fact on the way in as the restaurant will feature Sam Eagle, the Muppet well-known for his strong sense of patriotism! Check out details and images below from DisneyParksBlog:
Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue is a new fast-casual restaurant opening soon at The American Adventure pavilion in Epcot. Disney has new details to share about what is sure to become a guest favorite foodie spot in World Showcase – including new merchandise on the way!
The restaurant takes its name from the venerable Sam Eagle, the Muppet known for his patriotism and strict sense of duty and honor. He takes all things seriously … and barbecue is certainly one of those things.
Regal Eagle Smokehouse will be the site for “Sam’s Centennial Cook-Off: A Salute to All Cook-Offs but Mostly Barbecue.” Guests will be the beneficiaries of this contest – described as “a competition fit for all patriots and pit masters” – as it brings in a variety of classic backyard barbecue selections from across the country to vie for Sam’s top honor (for more details on the menu, click here).
Sam’s unmistakable visage will be part of the décor at this new restaurant. For instance, you’ll see him on the sign as you walk in …
… and inside, on a poster highlighting the barbecue competition.
He will also be incorporated into new Regal Eagle Smokehouse merchandise available exclusively at this tasty locale.
OK … I’m officially hungry now! I can’t wait to try everything on the menu. Because if it passes Sam Eagle’s muster, you know it’s going to be the very best. Be on the look out for an official open date as currently Disney is stating “later this winter”.