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Village Restaurant/Village Lounge/Chef Mickey's Village Restaurant
Village Restaurant/Chef Mickey's Village Restaurant
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This two-tiered restaurant overlooking the Buena Vista Lagoon opened in 1975 and also included the Village Lounge where jazz performers would play. A luncheon menu was available from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and valet parking was available. Beef, chicken and seafood specialties were served and the restaurant did not take reservations. The lounge artists performed from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. (9 p.m. until 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays). At first there was no cover and no minimum but the lounge had to enact a $5.00 cover after it became a popular hangout for college music students. Artists that performed there included the house band Bubba Kolb Trio and guest artists such as Urbie Green, Teddy Wilson, Clark Terry, Red Novo, Art Van Damme, Benny Carter, Kenny Burrell, Flip Phillips and Barney Kessel.
The eatery became Chef Mickey's in July, 1990 and the lounge became a part of the Disney Cartoon Theater. The new restaurant took reservations and Mickey Mouse was on hand to greet diners at dinner. The restaurant closed on September 30, 1995 to make way for the Rainforest Cafe. A Chef Mickey's Character Buffet is now located at the Contemporary Resort. For some recipes from the Village Restaurant, click here.
Sample menu items from The Village Restaurant included:
Black Bean Soup (also served at the Empress Lilly)
Mushroom and Barley Soup
Northern Bean Soup
Manhattan Clam Chowder
Pasta E Fagioli (Italian Bean Soup)
Garbanzo Garlic Salad Restaurant
Seafood Crepes (also served at the Empress Lilly)
Maryland Crab Cakes
New Orleans Bouillabaisse
Duck Tambu (also served at Top of the World and Lake Buena Vista Club)
Strawberry Shortcake (also served at Pioneer Hall in Fort Wilderness)
Sample menu items from Chef Mickey's Village Restaurant included:
Sun's Up Breakfast
Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce
All in One (egg, sausage and biscuit)
Beef Stew with Biscuit
Key Lime Pie
Perhaps you got a cup like the one above when you dined at the Chef Mickey's Village Restaurant. The Coca-Cola logo is off to the right and the same Chef Mickey picture is on the back. This picture of Mickey is similar to the one used on the cover of the 1986 Walt Disney World cookbook.
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