I got a sneak peek of Eddie V's Prime Seafood, which opens April 4 at 4400 W Boy Scout Blvd. across from International Plaza. It's the ninth nationwide and first east of Texas. It's also the first location to open since Darden Restaurants took over the chain in 2011. Orlando-based Darden also owns Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52.
Eddie V's is a stylish, contemporary space with original artwork and lighting, a glass-enclosed wine cellar, a huge bar and nightly jazz music. A surprise feature in the bathroom is going to be the talk of the town, but I won't give it away.
The menu leans heavy on seafood, of course, but also has steaks and a deep appetizer menu. Everything is a la carte, hence, not cheap. Entrees average $35 to $45. No doubt, it's going to compete head to head with Ocean Prime across the street and other destination and special occasion restaurants. Between the recent additions of Eddie V's and Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurant, the Boy Scout area has become quite the restaurant row.
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