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Earl of Sandwich Finds a Permanent Home in Downtown Disney

The popular Earl of Sandwich shop has bounced around various temporary locations in Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort for years. But soon, this fan-favorite quick service restaurant will finally have a permanent home base in an all-new two-story building on the district’s west end. Slated to open in late 2024, the new Earl of Sandwich location will allow guests to enjoy their signature hot sandwiches, salads, and breakfast dishes in expanded indoor and outdoor seating.

The first floor counter service restaurant will offer speedy grab-and-go options, while the upstairs gastropub provides a full-service dining experience. As construction begins on this innovative new building, a temporary Earl of Sandwich trailer will keep fans satisfied with a taste of their classic menu.

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The History of Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney

Earl of Sandwich first debuted at the Disneyland Resort in Downtown Disney in 2018 with a quick service location designed to resemble a 1762 English market. Their hot toasted sandwiches stuffed with quality meats and cheeses quickly became popular with Disneyland visitors seeking hearty, affordable meals to fuel their theme park adventures.

In early 2022, Earl of Sandwich opened an adjacent Earl of Sandwich Tavern featuring a more extensive menu with shareable appetizers and desserts alongside beer, wine, and cocktails. This new tavern allowed guests to enjoy a casual table service option in Downtown Disney. However, in January 2023, the original quick service location was abruptly shuttered along with the neighboring La Brea Bakery to make way for a new location of the famed Porto’s Bakery & Café chain.

Earl of Sandwich relocated to a temporary pop-up shop in the closed La Brea Bakery space while the tavern remained open. Now, with Porto’s preparing to take over the old La Brea Bakery, Earl of Sandwich is on the move once more. But this time, the transition will lead to an exciting permanent home that will allow Earl to fully spread its wings in Downtown Disney.

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Pop-Up Shop Opens Winter 2024

This winter, Earl of Sandwich will debut a new temporary pop-up trailer located off the west end of Downtown Disney near the Star Wars Trading Post. This compact shop promises to bring back the quick service counter experience that draws fans of Earl’s simple, delicious sandwiches and sides. The pop-up will offer a limited, curated menu with guest favorites like the Holiday Turkey toasted sandwich stuffed with turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and mayo as well as the Chipotle Chicken Avocado sandwich with spicy chipotle sauce.

Sides like potato salad and chili, breakfast sandwiches and pastries, soup, salad, and baked goods will also be available to go. The new temporary trailer with attached covered seating will ensure guests can continue to enjoy Earl’s offerings while construction begins on their permanent new building. Disneyland officials stated that an official opening date for the pop-up shop would be announced soon. But with winter spanning December through March, hungry fans likely only have to wait a few more months before sinking their teeth into an Earl of Sandwich once more.

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All-New Two-Story Location

The upcoming permanent Earl of Sandwich location will be constructed on the former site of La Brea Bakery, situated on the east end of Downtown Disney near the park entrance esplanade. This prime location will welcome the high foot traffic flowing between the Disneyland parks and Downtown Disney. The innovative new building will contain two floors for maximized dining space.

On the ground level, guests will find a familiar quick service counter serving Earl of Sandwich’s full menu of toasted sandwiches, custom salads, soups, sides, breakfast fare, and baked treats. This speedy grab-and-go service will be perfect for families on the move needing to fuel up between theme park adventures. Upstairs, the new Earl of Sandwich Tavern gastropub will provide an expanded table service menu with shareable appetizers, larger entrée plates, and desserts to linger over, along with beer, wine and cocktails.

The tavern will recreate the cozy English pub atmosphere of the current location while offering additional indoor and outdoor seating. Patrons can soak up Downtown Disney views through floor-to-ceiling windows lining the gastropub’s sleek, modern exterior. This two-story building will essentially provide two Earl of Sandwich experiences in one beautiful new space designed to draw guests from morning through late night.

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More Downtown Disney Dining Expansions

Earl of Sandwich’s upcoming new building represents part of the ongoing evolution of Downtown Disney into a premier dining, shopping, and entertainment destination adjacent to the Disneyland parks. In addition to favorites like Splitsville Luxury Lanes and Ballast Point Brewing Company, new restaurants seem to open every month in the district. Most recently, three Mexican concepts from famed Michelin-starred Chicago chef Carlos Gaytán have been announced to open later in 2024. Paseo will be an elegant upstairs dining room, while Céntrico houses a lively first floor bar and restaurant.

Quick service spot Tiendita will offer grab-and-go tacos, tamales, and other Mexican street foods. Nearby, look for Sip & Sonder café bringing Caribbean flavors and Parkside Market food hall featuring concepts like Seoul Sister Korean eatery. The new Earl of Sandwich building will sit alongside these exciting new venues, continuing Downtown Disney’s reputation as a premier dining destination for both casual quick service and elevated table-service experiences. With an array of cuisines represented, there is something tempting for all palates.

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Conclusion: Innovation On the Horizon

After years of temporary pop-ups, Earl of Sandwich has finally found its permanent home with an innovative new two-story building coming soon to Downtown Disney. The long-awaited quick service shop and upstairs gastropub will provide expanded space for guests to enjoy hot toasted sandwiches, custom salads, breakfast fare and tempting desserts morning to night. While the new venue is under construction, a limited winter pop-up trailer will satisfy cravings for Earl’s signature flavors.

Alongside exciting new dining concepts like Asian and Mexican restaurants, Earl of Sandwich will be a cornerstone of the continued growth of Downtown Disney as the ideal fusion between dining, entertainment, and shopping. For both casual meals on the go and lingering table service affairs, Earl of Sandwich delivers quality ingredients, thoughtful recipes, and warm hospitality that keeps guests returning year after year. The new two-story location cements Earl’s legacy at the Disneyland Resort while offering expanded seating and menu options to delight fans and first-timers alike.