Disney Springs will add to its ever-growing roster of restaurants on March 17 with Jaleo, offering Spanish cuisine from chef Jose Andres

Credited with popularizing tapas, or small plates, in the United States with its first location in Washington, D.C. in 1993, Jaleo’s Disney Springs location will be its fifth overall, the first in Florida and the largest of the chain.

The menu will reflect the “rich regional diversity of traditional and contemporary Spanish cuisine,” according to a press release, such as wood-grilled Iberico pork and Gambas al ajillo, which is shrimp sautéed with garlic and chili.

Jaleo opens March 17 at Disney Springs (ThinkFoodGroup)

Disney Springs diners can also visit another Jose Andres creation, Pepe, the first permanent location for the chef’s popular D.C. food truck. The quick service spot will offer both hot and cold Spanish sandwiches and sangria, complete with special sangria ice cubes so your drink doesn’t get watered down in the Central Florida heat. 

Pepe will open for lunch and dinner, no reservations required, beginning March 17. Jaleo will only offer dinner service for the time being, with lunch being added later in the month. Reservations will be available through the OpenTable app on opening day.

Disney Springs will add more shopping, dining and entertainment in 2019, including the NBA Experience, a new Ron Jon Surf Shop location and City Works Eatery & Pour House.

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