Epcot France Pavilion

Walt Disney World has revealed that the popular Bistro de Paris restaurant at Epcot's France Pavilion is to undergo a major refurbishment, and will reopen under a new name in early December 2012.

Speaking to the Disney Parks Blog, Jerome Becuse, the president of the company that runs the pavilion's three restaurants, confirmed plans to replace the eatery. Bistro de Paris will receive an entirely new look as well as being renamed, but will still serve a range of haute cuisine.

A chef has been imported from a Michelin 3-Star restaurant in France to head up Bistro de Paris' replacement, which will reportedly serve "affordable" French dishes. The tuxedos worn by staff in the existing restaurant will be dropped in favor of less formal outfits.

The Boulangerie Patisserie bakery, which sits downstairs in the France Pavilion, will remain open during the construction work. However, a new bakery will be constructed at the back of the pavilion, featuring a bread oven that will serve all three of its restaurants. This will open in mid-December, with the existing bakery then being converted into the Glacier ice cream parlor.

Further details of the plans for the French Pavilion are expected to be released during the coming months.

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