We finally have a date for the permanent closure of Bongo’s Cuban Cafe at Disney Springs. On August 18, 2019, the Gloria and Emilio Estefan-owned restaurant located in Disney Springs’ West Side will close forever.
Bongos Cuban Cafe opened in 1997 in what was Downtown Disney and has been left mostly unchanged in its 22-year history. Featuring fiery Latin rhythms and authentic Cuban cuisine, Bongos’ popularity dwindled over the years as newer restaurants have opened at Disney Springs.
Disney has already announced the replacement for Bongos in Beatrix, a neighborhood restaurant, coffeehouse and grab-and-go market. Gloria and Emilio Estefan are opening Estefan Kitchen at Margaritaville Resort Orlando, the spiritual successor to Bongo’s.