Disney World Makes Legal Filing Against Struggling Morocco Pavilion Restaurant and Shop Operators at EPCOT

Walt Disney World has filed a UCC Financing Statement with the State of Florida against Marrakesh Moroccan Restaurant, LLC, which operates the restaurants and stores throughout the Morocco Pavilion in EPCOT.

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Disney is claiming collateral against “All goods, inventory, the Furnishings, and all other items of personal property belonging to Debtor which are or may be put into the Facilities and all proceeds of the foregoing. “Furnishings” means all inventory, furnishings, furniture, supplies, equipment, and other items of personalty required or desired by Debtor for the sponsorship and operation of the Facilities. “Facilities” means all restaurants, cafes, quick service restaurants, retail areas, concession areas, kiosks, hostess stands, back-of-house area, storage areas, office areas and any other areas upon which Debtor conducts business located at the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot Theme Park and having a physical address of 1788-1790 Avenue of the Stars, City of Bay Lake, Florida.”

Restaurant Marrakesh recently filed for a Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP loan for $1-2 million in light of COVID-19 related closures and impacts at the location. The loan lists a total of 260 jobs retained through the funds acquired. While Restaurant Marrakesh remains closed at this time, the Morocco Pavilion has reopened with Spice Road Table and an array of shops. Tangierine Cafe temporarily closed back in early August.

Throughout the closure, the Morocco Pavilion put out a job listing for merchandise hosts as well as hosts at their quick-service location. The Morocco Pavilion in particular is one of the select pavilions that operates independently from Disney.

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Levis2009
Levis2009
17 days ago

Not a surprise , as an employee at that location Disney should have changed managing company years ago . That company is just fraud to its employees and customers. We hope that employees will get there rights Before the old rich owners vanish !

Victor Nazarian
Victor Nazarian
17 days ago

I hope this can be worked out. I love to eat there and the cultural aspect of the facilities and pavilion is very rich.

AADV
AADV
17 days ago

Hmmm, a grab for the property rights? Does Disney want to limit the number of non-Disney owned and operated restaurants in the parks?

Mark Norris
Mark Norris
17 days ago
Reply to  AADV

You should read the above comment. 🤔

Spouse of a Moroccan cast member
Spouse of a Moroccan cast member
16 days ago
Reply to  AADV

Actually, the Moroccan Pavillion owes more than $500k for repairs, maintenance, and other services. These have gone unpaid for a couple of years now before the pandemic. And now it is public knowledge that the owner filed for the PPP Loan (Paycheck Protection Program) and NEVER paid his employees. They were thrown into the nightmare of the unemployment system with everyone else. The owner even cut the employees pay by 30%. It can only be assumed that he pocketed all of that PPP money which is confirmed to be between $1-2 million dollars. Honestly Disney should take over for the… Read more »

Mike S
Mike S
16 days ago
Reply to  AADV

kinda sorta buts its really more my opinion that its not such a good idea to limit traditional cultural business. How can disney – disneyfy everything. Sorta like taking the cult out of culture.

Lori Taylor
Lori Taylor
17 days ago

Sad, we were looking forward to eating at the cafe next week.

Frank W
Frank W
17 days ago

Good idea Disney. Force one of your EPCOT partners into bankruptcy? What is the next step, close the pavilion? Not smart.

Zarahti
Zarahti
17 days ago

Oh no 😔
That’s our favorite place in our favorite Park

Rofex
Rofex
16 days ago

Disney Greed never ends…

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