Discover the Inspiration Behind Universal CityWalk’s Newest Original Concept

Discover the Inspiration Behind Universal CityWalk’s Newest Original Concept

Universal Creative reveals The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium's Steampunk-inspired story

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Recently, we announced the next original concept in a line of unique venues to come to Universal CityWalk – a delectable dining experience that combines chocolate and savory dishes with a fun atmosphere. Today, I’m going to let you in on the story behind this new, full service restaurant.

Discover the story behind Universal CityWalk's newest original concept - The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen

The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen is the next evolution of dining at CityWalk, following a groundbreaking two years of unprecedented growth that includes other original concepts from the Universal team like NBC Sports Grill & Brew, Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, Vivo Italian Kitchen and Red Oven Pizza Bakery.

Since we started this project in 2013, we knew we wanted to do something with chocolate – something that would elevate everyone’s favorite confection to the next level. The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium does just that by combining the incredible storytelling from Universal Orlando’s Creative and Entertainment teams with the high quality service and delectable dishes of our Food & Beverage team.

As we looked for inspiration, the Steampunk era really stood out with its rebellious spirit of creation and industrial influences. After delving deeper into the genre and its design elements, we found the structural shapes and rich color palettes to evoke exactly the type of experience that we wanted to create for our guests. It was the perfect fit.

Steampunk Inspiration

Even from afar, you’ll see the Steampunk influence with working gears and smokestacks. Once you step inside, hosts dressed in alternative fashions will greet you. The sights and sounds of brass gadgetry and manufacturing will immediately surround you.

3D Renderings

And of course, you’ll be able to indulge in all of the delectable creations – from the decadent milkshakes to the eclectic savory dishes, there’s plenty to choose from. I tried to think of my favorite menu item to share with you, but it was all so good – I can’t possibly choose just one! You’ll have to discover your favorite later this year.

The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen

By the way, you may have noticed I’ve used a different name for our new restaurant than what was originally announced. As part of the creative process, we are always refining the experience we create for our guests and how we talk about it. We realized we wanted more focus to the name. And so we landed on making “emporium” more prominent because that word conveys what we want to create for our guests – a place filled with a fun atmosphere and a large variety of food and retail opportunities.

Stay tuned to the blog for more exciting news about The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen, including more scrumptious details on the amazing menu items inspired by cuisine from across the globe.

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12 comments

  1. Debbie

    Looks incredible! Will it be open in September 2016?

    • Marc Babcock

      I had the same question. We will be staying at Royal Pacific on the weekend of September 17th and I want to eat here for my birthday dinner!

    • Heather

      Please please let it be September I would love to go here for my 10 year anniversary

  2. Chris

    Im hoping for mid August but i dont see it happing

  3. Belinda Zamora

    We’re visiting at the end of July. Will it be open by then??

  4. Robert Pilz

    A chocoholic’s motto: “If it is chocolate flavored, it has no calories!”

  5. John Know

    Who is the designer of this place, it is awesome!

  6. Theresa Yoney

    I am always impressed by the forward thinking and creativity of the Universal team. I have been a patron for the last 20 years
    and love the way you have continued to evolve without losing that particular Universal ‘feeling’.

  7. Tom Maxwell

    Looks great. We will try it when we get there in July. 19 & 20th. Bye for now.

  8. darren

    hoping it will be opened in mid september 2016.