We finally got details today about the upcoming changes to the former Ariel’s Grotto restaurant and it looks like the whole space is going to become Lampside Lounge.

The pivot should help with the crazy crowds that often formed when the location was a small Cove Bar coupled with the popular Ariel’s Grotto restaurant. Although it’s currently closed, the Cove Bar WILL reopens from March 16 before closing again at the end of May for its permanent transformation.

The new location is expected to reopen June 23 with the rest of Pixar Pier and promises to be an elegant yet fun gathering place for the whole family. The fan-favorite Lobster Nachos will be present on the menu as will California casual gastro-pub cuisine that that will join a full bar with unique signature cocktails. This seaside lounge contains a full bar with picturesque waterfront views from both upstairs and downstairs. At night, outdoor seating provides views of the illuminated Pixar Pier and “World of Color.”

Lamplight Lounge celebrates the creativity, inspirations and personalities of the artists and storytellers who have brought Pixar stories to life. Guests will discover the artistic marks that the Pixar “regulars” have left throughout the lounge: concept art, a quick sketch on a napkin, knick-knacks and collectable toys of beloved Pixar characters will adorn the space.

The backstory for the new location is that it is renovated from an old warehouse factory. The steel structural elements as well as concrete and brick walls were exposed and repaired to tell the story of its past. The original wood boards from the factory were refinished and given new life as ceiling panels and floors. The furniture style echoes a relaxed feel and the end result is an open, airy and bright place that is organic yet sophisticated.

Lamplight Lounge opens along with Pixar Pier on June 23, 2018.