This is a list of known restaurant closings. This list will be updated often.
Central Florida restaurants are adapting to the changing strictures being imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Here are details that some of your favorite restaurants want you to know regarding how they're dealing with the crisis and what they're doing to keep their kitchens busy and people fed.
We'll share the information from other restaurants as it becomes available, so check back often.
Each entry has the information that was submitted by the restaurant, including, where available, hours of operation and links to menus. In most cases, menus are limited. All information – including menus posted here – is subject to change so be sure to check with the restaurant before ordering.
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Update: Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer reversed his decision to ban on-premise alcohol sales at restaurants. Guidelines now follow those set out by Gov. DeSantis.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Tuesday ordered all bars and nightclubs in the state to be closed beginning at 5 p.m. for at least 30 days.
However, he allowed restaurants to remain open as long as they operate at no more than 50 percent capacity so as to allow appropriate distances between patrons. Mayor Buddy Dyer announced that all sales of alcohol for on-premises consumption be halted at restaurants that remain open. Restaurants are being encouraged to move to an exclusively delivery or takeout model.
Some restaurants, such as Chatham’s Place, have decided to shut down voluntarily. Walt Disney World closed all of its company owned and operated restaurants at Disney Springs Monday night and other third-party restaurants followed suit. Disney has announced it will close its hotels at the end of the week, which will also shutter a large number of restaurants located in those properties.
Watch this space for further updates regarding closings and takeout and delivery options by local restaurants.
Update on the update: Planet Hollywood, Chicken Guy and Earl of Sandwich are closed as of Tuesday evening.
Contrary to information given by a staff member at Planet Hollywood Monday, the movie-themed restaurant did not close at midnight along with most other Disney Springs businesses and remains open until further notice. The other Earl Enterprises restaurants, Earl of Sandwich and Chicken Guy, are also open Tuesday.
Walt Disney World announced Monday that it would close all of its company owned and operated businesses at the entertainment, retail and dining complex at least through the rest of the month but that some independent restaurants may remain open. It advises anyone wanting to visit a restaurant there to call ahead to check on hours.
Among those that chose to close is Raglan Road. Today, March 17, is St. Patrick's Day, historically the popular pub's busiest day of the year.
Note: This article has been updated to reflect that Earl Enterprise restaurants at Disney Springs remain open as of March 17. They include Planet Hollywood, Chicken Guy and Earl of Sandwich.
Walt Disney World has reconsidered its original decision to keep Disney Springs open even as it closed its theme parks and will shutter all of its company owned and operated restaurants and retail outlets at midnight Monday, March 16, through the end of the month.
In a note on the Disney Springs website, the company posted, “Select restaurants and retail locations at Disney Springs may remain open and Guests should call the location they wish to visit for operating hours.” However, it appears that all of the restaurants at the retail and entertainment complex will follow suit.
Although independently owned and operated, Raglan Road will also close at midnight on the eve of what is historically its busiest holiday: St. Patrick’s Day.
In a note to its customers, Raglan Road wrote:
We are sad to announce that we’ll be closing our doors from midnight tonight for a while. We hope everyone will take the necessary precautions to help counter the impact of the virus, and help protect our elderly or immunocompromised family, friends and neighbors.
Thanks to all our loyal Guests who make Raglan such a great place to work for us.
We’ll miss you and will be champing at the bit to reopen soon.
All Patina Restaurant Group venues – Morimoto Asia, The Edison, Maria & Enzo's, Enzo's Hideaway – will close as will the Levy Restaurants' Terralina Crafted Italian and Paddlefish. Earl Enterprises' Planet Hollywood and Chicken Guy will also close.
Like all businesses, Central Florida restaurants are dealing with the uncertainties being caused by the reactions to the coronavirus pandemic and are trying to learn how to survive in a climate of social distancing when their very business model is built on the opposite.
So far, most restaurants contacted over the weekend report a reduction in business. How severely the numbers are down seems to depend on location.