Flying Fish: New Name, New Chef, New Cocktail Lounge Next Door

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The Disney Parks Blog shared details and concept art of the Flying Fish Cafe at Disney's Boardwalk Inn. The restaurant is undergoing an extensive refurbishment that will also see the addition of a new cocktail lounge next door called AbracadaBar.

Chef Tim Majoras (who has been at Flying Fish since 2011) is designing a new menu for the restaurant featuring sustainable fish. Per the Disney Parks Blog, one new offering is the Fruits of the Sea appetizer that features rock shrimp and clams from Florida, grouper cheek, mussels, a splash of Brandy and a rich lobster stock. The seafood is served over a generous dollop of velvety celery root puree with adds a depth of flavor to the dish. Simple flavors, a deft touch in the kitchen.

The new “curious cocktail lounge” pays tribute to the Golden Age of Magic. The story, according to Walt Disney Imagineering and the Disney Parks Blog, is as follows:

The lounge was once a secret stomping ground for famous touring magicians, local boardwalk illusionists and the loveliest magician’s assistants of the day. After every magic show, these prestidigitators would gather at the bar, where they’d conjure up new cocktails, swap magic tips and tricks, and often stay up all night attempting to “out-charm” each other with their extraordinary illusions.

According to BoardWalk lore, it was on just such an evening that every single magician in the lounge vanished into thin air, never seen again… And after sitting vacant for nearly 70 years, the secret magician’s lounge is now back in the spotligh.

AbracadaBar guests will get a special peek into the sophisticated social club, and while it’s rumored that the magicians who frequented the lounge vanished without a trace decades ago, their magic still remains strongly intact, and can be seen, heard, and even savored in the bar’s signature cocktails. From its enchanted magic show posters and mystifying mirrors to vintage props and tricks left behind years ago, AbracadaBar promises to be just as surprising and magical as its name suggests.

The restaurant and cocktail lounge are expected to re-open in late summer 2016.