Eddie V’s Prime Seafood is opening Plaza area restaurant

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood will take the former Ruth’s Chris Steak House space at 700 W. 47th St., Suite 115.
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood will take the former Ruth’s Chris Steak House space at 700 W. 47th St., Suite 115.

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood is coming to the Country Club Plaza area.

The seafood and steak concept by Darden Restaurants will take the former Ruth’s Chris Steak House space in the Plaza Steppes, 700 W. 47th St., Suite 115.

In a statement, John Martin, president of Eddie V’s, said: “We are incredibly pleased to bring Eddie V’s Prime Seafood to the Plaza area in Kansas City. We are currently in the permitting process and intend to open the restaurant sometime in the fall.”

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, founded in 2000, is a fine-dining restaurant offering “fresh, culinary-forward seafood creations and premium hand-carved steaks.” It offers seafood from the Atlantic and Pacific, including “highly prized” seasonal items, and its steaks are hand-cut from specialty-aged USDA center-cut beef. It also has an award-winning wine list with more than 300 selections from regions around the world. It had been looking at sites in the Plaza area for several years.

Officials with Executive Hills Inc., which owns the Plaza Steppes, did not return calls seeking comment on the Eddie V’s lease.

Darden, based in Orlando, Fla., owns and operates more than 1,500 restaurants, generating $6.8 billion in annual sales. It has 13 locations in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Texas and Virginia. Live jazz and blues play in their lounges.

Along with Eddie V’s, Darden’s brands include Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Yard House and Bahama Breeze.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House closed in March 2014 after nearly two decades in the Plaza Steppes in a space formerly occupied by On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina.

Other Plaza area updates

▪ Highwoods Realty Limited Partnership recently filed suit against tenant Mojo Cycling Studio Plaza LLC.

Mojo opened at 4722 Broadway, Suite 220, in late June 2015. Highwoods said the cycling studio agreed to pay a minimum monthly rent of $4,583 for the first year and now owes $39,926 for unpaid rent and late fees. Highwoods also is seeking possession of the space.

Highwoods officials said it is not their policy to discuss an ongoing lawsuit. The owner of Mojo Cycling also declined to comment.

▪ Cold Stone Creamery, 114 W. 47th St. on the Plaza, has a “closed for remodeling” sign on the door that indicates it will reopen March 1.

Cold Stone officials couldn’t be reached for comment.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC