TAMPA — Another big restaurant is joining the dining mix along Boy Scout Boulevard.
Del Frisco's Grille is opening its first west Florida location next fall at MetWest International next to Kona Grill. The restaurant will have seating for about 450 guests, including 160 on a rooftop deck with a retractable roof.
The 9,700-square-foot restaurant will focus on American comfort classics with creative twists and regional favorites made with locally sourced ingredients. It will have a large bar, patio and "wine wall" with 350 selections.
The menu will include steaks, salads and sandwiches as well as flatbreads, cheesesteak egg rolls and ahi tacos. Weekend brunches will feature red velvet Belgian waffles and chicken fried steak and eggs with chorizo gravy.
Winner of the 2012 Hot Concepts Award by Nation's Restaurant News, Del Frisco's will serve lunch and dinner. Prices will be slightly above Kona Grill and neighboring Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurant, but lower than Eddie V's Prime Seafood.
Del Frisco's is the latest major restaurant to stake a claim along the centrally located, busy Boy Scout Boulevard near Tampa International Airport and International Plaza. The area's 60,000 to 70,000 office workers and growing number of residents have made it attractive to large, higher-end chain restaurants seeking an affluent customer base.
Based outside Dallas, Del Frisco's Restaurant Group operates 10 Del Frisco's Grilles nationwide, including one in Palm Beach.