But apparently that's about to change. Someone on the WDW Magic website posted a link to Orange County's permit website showing that a Notice of Commencement has been issued for the former Rock'n'Roll Beach Club/Motion address to construct a 22,000 sf restaurant there! This is pictured on the Disney Springs concept art on display in several places on the Island, as shown above.
The permit lists the owner or lessee of the restaurant to be "The Boathouse Orlando LLC". This of course is no surprise to Blog readers because we reported in 2010 that a lighthouse style restaurant was in the works for this "seed & mulch" plot of land. We reported at the time that this was a Schussler Creative project with a working name of Mahogany Bay Classic Old Boats and Great Food Restaurant. Indeed, the concept art shows some classic old boats approaching the facility. Schussler Creative is the genius behind Rainforest Cafe, T-REX Cafe and Hot Dog Hall of Fame, the latter coming soon to CityWalk. We wrote to Mr. Schussler for comment but did not get a response.
These are exciting times on beautiful Pleasure Island!