From meal time to snack time and every frozen concoction in between, the re-imagined dining experience at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort aims to become as relaxing as the beach itself.
Scheduled to debut early this fall, the resort’s new dining options will replace Shutters, Sonya’s and Bleachers Bar & Grill with an enhanced table- service restaurant, a new grab-and-go marketplace and a dedicated pool bar, all inspired by Member feedback.
The table-service restaurant formerly known as Shutters will become Wind and Waves Grill, a casually elegant breakfast and dinner restaurant celebrating the resort’s idyllic coastal setting and sustainable resources.
“This area provides an enviable abundance of culinary resources throughout the year, including locally caught seafood,” Disney’s Vero Beach Resort General Manager Paul Hart told Disney Files Magazine. “Our Members and guests have long sought those local avors at nearby restaurants, and we’re thrilled to enhance that experience by serving more local cuisine right here at the resort.”
Wind and Waves Grill will feature an open show kitchen and a exible dining room designed to accommodate a wide range of party sizes.
Adjacent to Wind and Waves Grill in the space formerly occupied by the fine-dining restaurant Sonya’s will be Wind and Waves Market, a dynamic dining destination created with the resort’s casual, beachside atmosphere in mind.
“As proud as we are of the fine-dining experience we delivered at Sonya’s, our Members and guests told us they’re looking for more casual-dining options, beyond what we’ve been able to provide poolside at Bleachers,” Paul explained.
The new Wind and Waves Market will offer a wide range of all-day dining options, from fully prepared dishes to be enjoyed in the expanded pool-deck dining area to convenient “take-away meals.” Morning options in the marketplace will include hot breakfast sandwiches, hot and cold cereals, fruit, yogurt, juices, smoothies, specialty coffees, pastries and more, while lunch and dinner fare will include deli sandwiches, fresh breads, salads, healthful sides, packaged snacks and indulgent treats, along with the hamburgers, hot dogs and other favorites from the former Bleacher’s Bar & Grill. Grocery items available at the marketplace will mark an expansion of the selections previously available in the resort’s Island Grove Packing Company shop.
“The marketplace is going to add a tremendous amount of flexibility to the dining experience, whether you’re arriving at the resort hungry and grabbing a quick bite to eat, serving a relaxed family meal in your villa or just enjoying a lazy day around the pool and taking the day as it comes,” Paul said. “And the new dining areas allow for comfortable, casual dining in any weather.”
Finally, the new Wind and Waves Bar will offer local craft beers, signature cocktails, frozen favorites and bar-side bites in a dedicated space designed to serve Members and guests more ef ciently than ever.
“Separating the bar from the casual-dining area means no longer having to wait in line behind burger orders to grab a beer, and it allows us to dramatically elevate the bar experience, much as we do upstairs in the Green Cabin Room,” Paul said. (Editor’s note: The Green Cabin Room will continue to serve cocktails, small plate foods and spectacular ocean views nightly.) “A beach vacation is all about unwinding, and this barefoot bar is just one more way we’re making the dining experience as relaxing as our location.
Visiting Disney’s Vero Beach Resort before the new venues open?
The resort is catering to the interim dining needs of Members and guests in a variety of ways during the construction process, including a breakfast buffet in the Green Cabin Room (where cocktails, specialty coffee and light fare also are available later in the day), bar and lunch offerings poolside, Shutters dinner service in the SeaGrape Room (also the interim home of the Beachside Sunday Brunch and Goofy’s Beachside Character Breakfast), and grab-and-go items in the Club Gallery Room (adjacent to The Spa at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort).