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Fans of Disney’s beloved tale as old as time still have several days to go until the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, hits theaters on March 17. For those who can’t stand the anticipation, California’s Disneyland theme park has got a solution for waiting out the week: The Red Rose Taverne. The pop-up restaurant opened its magical doors back on February 24, transforming the space usually occupied by the Village Haus Restaurant in Fantasyland into a romantic ode to the cherished story of a young woman who falls in love with a prince in monster’s clothing and finds her happily ever after. According to Eater LA, the restaurant’s interior takes its cue from the classic 1991 animated film; in addition to images of Belle, Gaston, Mrs. Potts and Chip, stained glass artwork helps to add to the old-timey splendor.
The menu is decidedly French-inspired, though not necessarily what one would consider delicate bites: a Gruyère-topped burger, poutine with waffle fries and a grilled cauliflower steak sandwich are among the offerings. For those looking for something a bit daintier, stick with the desserts; the Lemon Rose Cake and Grey Stuff (pictured at the top) are almost too pretty to eat.
Just be prepared to wait in line if you’re visiting the park at a peak time; during its opening weekend, wait times of more than two hours were reported, though that seems to have abated a bit since then. Still, the restaurant is only temporary, though Disney has yet to announce when it will officially close — if those lines keep up, it could stick around for a while.
Red Rose Taverne isn’t the only way the iconic Anaheim amusement park is paying tribute to Belle and her Beast. Real-life versions of Belle and Gaston will be walking around the park and mingling with guests, while a special stage show — Beauty and the Beast at the Royal Theatre — will entertain park-goers. Go ahead and check it out for yourselves. Be our guest.
H/T: Eater Los Angeles
Featured image courtesy of Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland.
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