Today, Senior Director of Attraction Development for Universal Creative Ricardo Galbis released all new information on the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium (formerly “Factory”) at Universal CityWalk Orlando — and it sounds totally awesome. In fact, it seems like this particular project has been in the works for some time now.
“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.”
Galbis also went on to talk about the unlikely mash up of chocolate and Steampunk:
“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.
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.”
As far as the food items that will be available in the restaurant, details were vague. But the man is definitely a fan of what they are cooking up in that factory:
“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.”
One thing you might notice immediately is that the establishment has undergone a name change from “Factory” to “Emporium”. Galbis shed some light on the curious change of title:
“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.”
I seriously can’t wait for this project to be done so I can chow down on some delicious food and finish it off with a giant chunk of chocolate! Are you guys excited for this grand new addition to the Universal Orlando family? Let me know what you think in the comments below!