High-end seafood chain Eddie V’s to open in the former Ruth’s Chris space next month, plus this week’s restaurant events

Plaza diners, mark your calendars: Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, the Zagat-acclaimed high-end-seafood chain headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is set to open late next month at 700 West 47th Street, in the space formerly occupied by Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Construction fencing was removed late last week to reveal some of the work that has been done at the site, which Darden Concepts Inc. (also the owner of the Capital Grille, Seasons 52 and Longhorn Steakhouse) has occupied since February.

Eddie V’s managing partner David Dworsky has been overseeing work on the site, ahead of a scheduled Monday, October 24, opening, and the majority of the work is finished. The furniture has been delivered, and a valet line will be set up outside. A new façade is being installed on the exterior, with a water feature and patio, facing 47th Street, also under way.

Upon entering the restaurant, diners will move past an attractive ovular bar and lounge with windows that can be opened to the patio. Dworsky explains that there will be live music (principally jazz) every night, featuring different bands each day.

The dining area, which can accommodate up to 320 guests, is separated into three sections. Besides the primary dining room, there’s a private space, called the “wine room,” separated from the main area by a large floor-to-ceiling wine rack, and another private space that can be booked in multiple configurations (the “18th and Vine” and “Charlie Parker” rooms). Throughout the interior, the walls are accented with dark wood and lined with tile as well as rich textured wallpapers. Handsome tufted fabric and leather circular booths accent the corners, and a large bench serves as a divider in the center of the main dining space.

Eddie V’s bills its menu as “top of the catch” seafood, sourced from all over the world, and beef from Chicago. The menu is overseen by Darden Concepts corporate chef Ray Comiskey, who honed his skills at KC’s Capital Grille, and will change quarterly with the seasons.

The restaurant will feature a daily happy hour in the lounge from 3 to 7 p.m. Dworsky explains that the lounge is also where the music is: a series of six-week events featuring music and “bites” based on a theme — Ray Charles or soul music, for example.

This week’s restaurant events:

Saturday, September 17
Green Dirt Farm (1099 Welt, Weston) is hosting its first large-scale casual dinner tonight, and it’s literally whole hog. Following a cheese-board appetizer is a pig roast, served buffet style. It’s accompanied by an acoustic performance by Making Movies. There will be a cash bar. Tickets ($55) are available at greendirtfarm.com.

The annual Kaw Valley Wine Tour launches in Lawrence, from the Merc Co-Op (901 Iowa). For what’s called the “northern route” tour, the bus travels to the KC Wine Co. Following a lunch prepared by the Merc Deli, the tour heads to BlueJacket Crossing Vineyard and Winery. The tour is $20 per person. Pre-registration is required and can be done in the store, by phone (785-843-8544) or at themerc.coop. The “southern route” tour takes place September 24.

Sunday, September 18
If you attend only one splurgey benefit dinner this fall, you have to consider Dig In, the profits of which go to Cultivate KC. It aims to create a more environmentally sustainable food community by growing food at training farms, such as the Gibbs Road Farm, and by promoting urban agriculture through various community programs. Tonight’s dinner is at the City Market (20 East Fifth Street), with food prepared by chefs Jason Craine (Charisse), Howard Hanna (the Rieger), Craig Howard (Howard’s Cafe), Craig McAlister (KC Convention Center), Travis Napier (the Bristol) and Joe West (Stock Hill). Tickets are $125 each (bring money to tip). See cultivatekc.org for tickets.

Tuesday, September 20
Head to Tannin Wine Bar and Kitchen (1526 Walnut) to join California vintner Brian Talley, of Talley Vineyards, for a five-course wine dinner. On the menu: fried padron peppers with avocado fries; an heirloom-tomato medley with carrot fritters, charred napa cabbage and fresh peppers salad; avocado-toasted quinoa-and-spinach salad with marinated shrimp; braised pork belly with roasted potatoes; and a to-be-determined dessert. The dinner, including wine, runs $75 per head, not including tax and gratuity. Call 816-842-2660 for reservations.

Wednesday, September 21
Some menus sound good, but some make your jaw drop. Bluestem (900 Westport Road) is hosting a decadent seven-course meal tonight, highlighting the wines from the Rhône region in southern France. Among the offerings: roasted bay scallops with sweet yellow-corn velouté, a roasted leg of guinea hen with black truffles and hen-egg gnudi, and a rack of Colorado lamb with heirloom carrots and artichoke barigoule. The wine selections, including options from Saint Cosme and M. Chapoutier, are also impressive. The dinner is $120 a person excluding tax and gratuity. Call 816-561-1101 for reservations.

Correction: Last week, I wrote that Mission Taco Joint won’t serve alcohol. The new Crossroads restaurant does in fact have a cocktail program.

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