Apparently, the Q was for Quit.
As coincidence would have it, it was exactly one year ago today that I told you about American Q, the restaurant in the just-opened B Resort & Spa on Hotel Plaza Boulevard near Downtown Disney (now Disney Springs). The concept, developed by Jeffrey Chodorow of New York’s China Grill Management (China Grill, Asia de Cuba), was “Argentinian churrascaria meets American West barbecue.” It sort of made sense in that in a traditional churrascaria the servers are called gauchos, the South American equivalent of cowboy.
It didn’t make sense, at least to me, in that churrascarias, whether traditional or modern, encourage overeating, with the cowboys constantly circling the dining room (if not the wagons) carving meats and doling out sausages. And it has always occurred to me that there must be a tremendous amount of food waste with such a concept, although when I visited American Q, chef and food and beverage director Justin Leo told me that he kept waste to a minimum by, say, using the end of a roast that could no longer be presented at the table for slicing in chili to be served on the buffet salad bar (where guests could do more overeating).
Well, American Q is gone and American Kitchen Bar & Grill is in its place. According to the dining page on the resort’s website, it features “‘comfort food’ made with contemporary ingredients,” though there is no link to a menu that might give an example of what that means. It does say that prime rib is featured on Fridays and Saturdays with an “all-you-care-to-eat” option.
The vast dining space seems to be the same, including the vintage 1951fire engine-red Ford pickup with a flatbed fashioned into the salad bar.
I’m not sure when the change took place. Calls to Leo and others at the resort were not immediately returned. There is still a logo for American Q on China Grill Management’s website, but the link takes one to a page that says the restaurant is permanently closed. There is no indication that CGM is involved in the replacement restaurant at B Resort.