After originally being announced by the Disneyland Resort back in November 2017 and scheduled to open in 2018, Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes is nearing completion and should be open soon in Downtown Disney.
The restaurant, which was first called Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer, takes over the lower level of the building once occupied by Build-A-Bear Workshop and Ridemakerz. The upper level is home to Ballast Point, which opened back in January.
The restaurant with its New York diner vibe will serve their award-winning burgers and their HUGE CrazyShake milkshakes. In a first for Black Tap, the Downtown Disney location will offer an enhanced counter service style. Guests will order food from the counter, then once seated, a server will take orders for drinks, shakes, and any other food items.
CrazyShakes will also be available to-go from the chain’s first take-out Shake Window!
The Disney Parks Blog had a chance to chat with Black Tap owner Christ Barish about what makes the restaurant special:
“This is your first location in California. What can guests at Downtown Disney District expect?
It’s the perfect spot for us and we can’t wait to open and welcome new and long-time fans of Black Tap. Downtown Disney guests can expect a fun and over-the-top experience. At Black Tap, we bring together great ‘80s pop and ’90s hip hop music, cool and engaging design, energetic team members, and of course, amazing burgers and famous CrazyShakes, to create a one-of-a-kind experience.
Tell us about the custom shake bar. That sounds fun!
Our guests can watch their CrazyShake milkshakes come to life during a “shake show,” right in front of their eyes, and see all of the different crazy candies and toppings you can have on a shake. It’s very interactive, but also so exciting to see someone get their CrazyShake for the first time. Their eyes light up and it’s pure joy.
What’s your favorite menu item?
I always recommend first-timers get our All American burger – it’s the classic. My personal favorite is the Crispy Chicken Sandwich, and the Cotton Candy is my favorite CrazyShake!
Your burgers are award-winning. Can you give us the secret to what makes them special?
The key to a good burger is quality meat. We use a custom burger blend that you can recreate at home by visiting your local butcher. You want a blend of chuck and brisket, that’s 80% lean. We grill our burgers to a chef’s medium, with a perfectly seared outside and juicy middle. The trick is to only flip the burger once. Also, our sauces are house made and chef inspired, using unique ingredients to create a depth of flavor that really complements our burgers. We also use a Martin’s Potato Bun; it’s a great complement to all our different burger options.
Your CrazyShakes really are crazy-fabulous! How did this start and where do you get your inspiration?
The creation of the CrazyShake was very organic. We’ve always had our classic shakes on the menu — and our team was having some fun testing out different ideas of how we could change up the shake — and we came up with the “Cotton Candy.” We put it on Instagram, and our guests went nuts asking for it, so we knew we had to add it to the menu. Stay tuned for exclusive shakes!
Your Black Tap locations all have a distinct, New York-inspired vibe and décor. Can you give us an idea of the look for the Downtown Disney District restaurant?
Black Tap‘s design is a modern twist on a classic luncheonette. We have custom street art and neon signage, while incorporating a prominent black and white palette. When designing the restaurants, we always try to pull elements in that are familiar, but use them in new and creative ways. For example, the stacked subway tile, the vertical black brick and our angled black and white and stripes are very New York.”
At exact opening date for Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes has not been announced.
Source: Disney Parks Blog
Tom is the host and producer of the DIS Unplugged: Disneyland Edition podcast, plus Disneyland Editor of The DIS. He enjoys traveling with his wife and teenage son. At this point, their favorite destination is Alaska, with a FIFTH cruise there planned for the Summer of 2019. In his spare time he volunteers with Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, and help found his son's former Cub Scout Pack. His favorite Disneyland attraction is Space Mountain.