Previously there was a version of La Cantina de San Angel in that location, but it was totally torn down and the new construction has dramatically increased the size of the building, as well as, extended out over the water to gain additional space.
The newly constructed combination of La Cantina de San Angel and La Hacienda de San Angel will introduce a new concept to Disney World. During the day La Hacienda de San Angel will be a Quick Service Dining location to help serve the lunch crowds. Starting at 4:00 pm each day it becomes a full service Table Service Dining Restaurant.
This will be the first of several dual purpose restaurants that Disney World will be launching over the next couple of years. The next of which will be the Be Our Guest Restaurant as part of the new Fantasyland expansion at the Magic Kingdom in 2012.
The initial menu at the 250-seat La Hacienda de San Angel will offer Mexican specialties such as queso fundido (warm cheese with poblano pepper and chorizo); a taco trio with rib eye, roasted chicken and pork; and mixed grill for two with flank steak, chicken, chorizo and vegetables (a seafood version features grouper, shrimp and scallops)created by the talented culinary team at San Angel Inn, LLC., which has operated the food service at the Mexico pavilion for more than 25 years.
La Cantina de San Angel will offer Quick Service Dining from 11:00 AM until park closing each day for those that would still prefer the Quick Service Dining option.
The architecture of the new building is a vast upgrade to the previous building and will be very impressive when all of the construction walls have come down. In addition to adding exciting Dining Options to Epcot, the new expanded construction also creates great fireworks viewing locations right on the water.
The new restaurants should both be open for business this Fall at Epcot, supposedly in time for the start of Epcot's International Food & Wine Festival on Oct 1st. As soon as an official date is announced it will be posted on Only WDWorld.