The Capital Grille
, a fine-dining chain of restaurants known for its steaks, fresh seafood and award-winning wine list, will open its first Northeast Ohio location in time for the RNC. According to Trent Love, who will serve as executive chef partner, the Legacy Village location will open in early July.
The free-standing 9,000-square-foot building is being erected on the former site of Claddagh Irish Pub, which abruptly closed its doors on New Year’s Eve 2014 after 11 years in operation. The concept, part of the Darden family of restaurants, features steaks that are dry-aged in house for 18 to 24 days and then hand-cut by restaurant's on-site butcher.
“We use very fresh products and we take care of them,” says Love, who most recently worked with Zack Bruell to open Alley Cat in the Flats. Love also served as executive chef at Urban Farmer.
The American steakhouse menu features appetizers like crab cakes, steak tartare and raw oysters. Entrees aren’t cheap, hovering in the $50 range. A gorgonzola and truffle-crusted dry-aged New York strip steak clocks in at $49. The dry-aged 24-ounce porterhouse cut is $50. Pan-seared sea scallops served over asparagus risotto will be around $44. The menu changes four times per year.
The wine list features more than 350 selections and its floor-to-ceiling wine kiosk regularly houses 3,500 to 5,000 bottles. There are 50-plus Capital Grille locations in 25 states, including Ohio (Cincinnati).
A glitzy dining room and four-season patio will accommodate 300-plus diners.