MOORESVILLE The last Charlotte-area Vinnies Sardine Grill & Raw Bar has closed at Lake Norman, and a New York restaurateur told the Observer on Wednesday that he plans to open a seafood restaurant in the space in about three weeks.
Eddies Seafood & Raw Bar, at 643 Williamson Road, will seat 200 inside and 100 on the outside deck that overlooks the lake. A large raw bar will feature lobsters, King Crab legs and jumbo shrimp, owner Eddie Lubic said. Eddies menu will also include Italian entrees, he said.
Lubic said hes investing about $2 million in the venture.
He closed on the property on Friday, the same day Vinnies Sardine closed, said Jon Grigorian of Mooresville-based Lakeshore Realty Inc., who brokered the sale. This was the last one, Grigorian said of Vinnies. Theyre all gone.
Grigorian said hed learned about a month ago that Vinnies was available for sale. He said he learned of Lubic through a former client and then contacted Lubic.
Lubic, 54, owns Eduardos Restaurant & Lounge, a 40-year-old gourmet Italian restaurant in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., and Muscoot Tavern, which he opened in 2012 in Somers, N.Y.
Lubic said he immediately fell for the Vinnies site. Its the best location in North Carolina, he said as workers continued to refurbish the interior on Wednesday. Theres nothing better than this.
Another longtime Vinnies location, in Charlottes South End, closed in December. Vinnies also operated locations in northwest Mecklenburg, near Mountain Island Lake, and in Matthews.
David Luckey, general manager of the South End location, told the Observer in December that the restaurant had been struggling due to general economic conditions. This economy makes everybody broke, he said.
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