Rockin’ New Changes Coming to Anaheim GardenWalk
Written By: Elaine Morgan Cutting Anaheim GardenWalk
After several exhilarating events over the past few months, the Anaheim GardenWalk has drawn much deserved, colorful attention. With the installation of the GardenWalk Art on the Walk program to feature local artists and the hosting of the famous Trombone Christmas, it’s clear that the Anaheim GardenWalk is focused on providing an entertainment experience unlike any other. Located in the heart of downtown Anaheim, this outdoor dining, shopping and entertainment destination is cornered by Disneyland and the Anaheim Convention Center. Constantly expanding new additions, including the new House of Blues location, the Anaheim GardenWalk is quickly growing to be Anaheim’s top hotspot.
“With each new art creation featured by local artists throughout the property and each new tenant moving into our space, GardenWalk is transforming into a colorful, vibrant and unrivaled entertainment and dining destination, offering something unique to each guest that passes through,” says Robin Weeks-Wynne, head of marketing at the Anaheim GardenWalk.
Several new tenants are being added to the shopping center that are bound to cause a stir in the Anaheim community. The opening of Mission Escape games brings a mysterious and exciting opportunity for clever, thrill-seeking groups. And who can ignore the highly-anticipated nightclub Roomba Room Live? This Latin-themed entertainment venue hosted a grand opening on December 16 to wild success and remains a lively and refreshing splash of life and music. At the heart of the GardenWalk plaza, a high-tech touchscreen kiosk is being installed to make finding the right store, gathering shopping information, and even booking restaurant reservations simple and appealing.
New venues aren’t all that’s changing at the Anaheim GardenWalk. There will also be a series of new events that you won’t want to miss. “We have a big surprise for the property lined-up in February paired with our second Art on the Walk event,” says Weeks-Wynne. In addition to this, new monthly wine and painting events are continuously being added to the calendar. Corks and Canvas events, hosted at various restaurants throughout the property such as Fire and Ice and McFadden’s, include a lesson with a local artist, paired with wine and appetizers.
Of course, the most exciting and highest-anticipated change to the Anaheim GardenWalk comes with the upcoming addition of the famous Anaheim House of Blues. Set to open at the end of February, this location will be stunningly different. “It’s that juke-joint complemented with contemporary materials, but it still has that House of Blues vibe to it,” says House of Blues President, Ron Bension. “When you walk in there, you’ll know you’re in the 2.0 version.” With total space that can accommodate nearly 5,000 patrons, this new mega House of Blues will include a restaurant, concert venue, terrace, a mezzanine, and the addition of the upscale Foundation Room, which is the first of the famous exclusive House of Blues dining experiences in Orange County.
This is more than just an addition of space, however. Everything is brand new, intimate, and focused solely on soulful expression. A catwalk will run along the restaurant, and local street artists are being consulted to add an Orange County flair to the classic American folk art. Another change comes with the reimagination of the menu. “It’s going to be Southern-inspired cuisine made from scratch and we like to say it’s where music meets the soul,” says Bension. However, the meals won’t be all jambalaya and heavy barbeque, they’re also looking to include lighter items such as chicken, seafood, salad, and even vegetarian and vegan options. Of course, the Foundation room offers the option of fine dining, but House of Blues is also creating a patio area for casual diners, complete with sandwiches, a great mixology program and a place to simply hang out off the street.
At the heart of it all is the music, which is heavily integrated into every aspect of the venue. “There’ll be music every single night in either the restaurant, the foundation room, the musical hall, or terrace which is our small room that will have singer-songwriter album releases and local bands,” says Bension. “So, there’s the possibility there will be four different music events going on at different parts of the building at any evening.” Expanded to nearly twice the size of the old venue, the new concert area will include VIP boxes, multiple levels, and state of the art light and sound technology. The first bands to perform at this venue are set to be names like Social Distortion, Anderson, Paak & The Free Nationals, Chase Rice, and KORN.
With the all the upcoming excitement, the new House of Blues location will have no problem fitting into its vibrant new Anaheim location. Together, the House of Blues and Anaheim GardenWalk it set to be the height of nightlife in Anaheim. “There will be plenty of things to see every night,” says Bension. “I want people to walk out of there saying ‘I had a hell of a time, I had a great time, and man was that concert rocking!”
400 Disney Way
Anaheim, CA 92802
House of Blues Anaheim
400 Disney Way Ste 337
Anaheim, CA 92802
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