Slacker Saves Valentine's with Eddie V's Interview

Feb 07, 01:02 AM

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood on 47th Street, in the Country Club Plaza, serving quality seafood and hand-carved steaks in a relaxed, lounge atmosphere. Owned by Orlando-based Darden Restaurants, it's a sister concept to The Capitol Grille and Seasons 52. It won't be the first restaurant on the plaza tempting diners with similar fare, but managing partner David Dworsky says its indulgent seafood dishes and personalized service coupled with a charismatic lounge atmosphere will make Eddie V's a destination for locals and tourists alike. “It is our goal to indulge our guests at every turn, creating a personalized level of care and service that matches the high quality cuisine and atmosphere,” Dworsky says. With live music nightly, Eddie V’s is looking create a true lounge environment in the restaurant’s V Lounge, a space that will feature classic cocktails and an award-winning wine list with more than 200 bottles from around the world. An expansive oval-shaped bar top surrounded by cocktail tables and elevated booth seating fills the lounge, plus a piano that will be put to good use by local jazz trios seven days a week. The menu, which is mostly seafood, will also feature quality hand-cut steaks. Seafood dishes span the culinary spectrum from modern Asian to southern cuisine. Standout items include the Point Judith Calamari appetizer, served with a kung pao-style sauce, roasted cashews and crisp noodles, while the jumbo lump crab cake, sautéed Maryland-style with spicy chive remoulade highlights a New England flavor profile. Entrées follow a similar pattern: Alaskan Halibut is served with a miso glaze, sugar snap peas and shiitake mushrooms, while the swordfish steak is broiled and served with fresh lump crab, avocado, cilantro and red chile. Although Eddie V's is a chain, a trio of local ladies will be heading up the restaurant, including executive chef Crystal Morris, who joined Eddie V’s after cooking for The Capital Grille in both Kansas City and Minneapolis. Morris and sous chef Shelby Fahrni were trained at Johnson County Community College culinary arts program in Kansas City; service manager Rachel Thompson rounds out the trio. Construction is already underway on what will be the 14th location of Eddie V’s and the first in Missouri. The 10,000-square-foot space seats 318 inside, plus an outdoor patio. Dworsky explains that Darden Restaurants inherited the name when they purchased Eddie V's Prime Seafood in 2011. “But, I tell my staff that each one of them shoulders the responsibility of being Eddie V every night in the restaurant,” he says. “I want them to know that they are empowered with making each guest feel special and cared for.” Eddie V’s, 700 W. 47th St., Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.531.2537,