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Last Vinnie’s Sardine closes, on Lake Norman in Mooresville

MOORESVILLE The last Charlotte-area Vinnie’s 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.

Eddie’s 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. Eddie’s menu will also include Italian entrees, he said.

Lubic said he’s investing about $2 million in the venture.

He closed on the property on Friday, the same day Vinnie’s Sardine closed, said Jon Grigorian of Mooresville-based Lakeshore Realty Inc., who brokered the sale. “This was the last one,” Grigorian said of Vinnie’s. “They’re all gone.”

Grigorian said he’d learned about a month ago that Vinnie’s was available for sale. He said he learned of Lubic through a former client and then contacted Lubic.

Lubic, 54, owns Eduardo’s 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 Vinnie’s site. “It’s the best location in North Carolina,” he said as workers continued to refurbish the interior on Wednesday. “There’s nothing better than this.”

Another longtime Vinnie’s location, in Charlotte’s South End, closed in December. Vinnie’s 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.

Marusak: 704-987-3670; on Twitter @ jmarusak.
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