José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup has just announced that the much-anticipated Jaleo will open their brand new location at Disney Springs on March 17. The new restaurant will bring the spirit and flavors of Spain along with 280 new jobs to the Walt Disney World Resort. This is the fifth Jaleo location in the U.S., the first in Florida, and the largest location to date.
Jaleo at Disney Springs will feature an extensive menu of tapas reflecting the rich regional diversity of traditional and contemporary Spanish cuisine, as well as sangrias and a premier selection of Spanish wines. Highlights include a variety of authentic paellas cooked over a wood-fired paella pit, Spanish specialties like hand-carved Jamon Iberico de Bellota and wood-grilled Iberico pork, and signature dishes like Gambas al ajillo, shrimp sautéed with garlic and chili, and Pollo Croquetas, classic Spanish chicken fritters.
Pepe by José Andrés will open for both lunch and dinner beginning March 17 as the first brick and mortar location of the chef’s famous Spanish food truck. “Pepe by José Andrés will offer a diverse menu of Spanish sandwiches, or bocatas, both hot and cold, as well as gazpacho and salads to go. The quick-service location will also sell delicious Spanish sangria, complete with sangria ice cubes to prevent any dilution of the drink in the Florida climate.”
Designed by renowned Spanish designer Juli Capella, the architectural form of the building housing both Jaleo and Pepe is inspired by the bold, playful nature of Spain featuring petals that organically open, inviting guests to enter and experience the very best of Spanish cuisine. The petals themselves form pergolas, which extend toward the outdoors, allowing light to flow in and out.
To make a reservation at Jaleo, guests are advised to call (321) 348-3211. Reservations will be available via OpenTable beginning on opening day.