Grillfish on North Limestone opened Tuesday night in the former Atomic Café spot.
The restaurant will serve dinner nightly at least for now, said partner Wayne Masterman. The patio is still undergoing a renovation, but Masterman said the restaurant owners hope have it open by Labor Day. An area previously used as nightclub in the back will be renovated later to be a private entertainment room, said managing partner Robby Carter.
Masterman and his wife, Susan, are partners in Grillfish with Robbie and Jamie Carter and Kenny and Barbara Pittman. The Pittmans own the Grillfish in Miami Beach that this one is modeled after. Kristen Richardson is the manager.
The kitchen team will include David Dunaway as lead cook and Nat Tate, formerly of Portofino, which is also owned by the Mastermans.
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The upscale menu will be similar to that of the Miami Beach restaurant, with grilled seafood options including a grilled whole Maine lobster, steaks, rack of lamb, chicken and several pastas. Vegetarian requests also can be accommodated, Masterman said.
The restaurant also has a full bar and a generous wine list, he said.
With 78 seats available at present, reservations are suggested. Call 859-469-8673.
Atomic Café closed last September after 23 years. Portofino, on Main Street in Lexington, is staying open.