Tony's Steak and Seafood, an upscale Cincinnati restaurant with a house band, plans to open in a 10,214-square-foot, two-level space in The Square, formerly known as Victorian Square, in downtown Lexington.
Alumni Hall also plans to open a store in the Square, with 3,000 square feet featuring collegiate apparel, merchandise and gifts, in time for the 2014 holiday season. Alumni Hall also has stores at Fayette Mall in Lexington and in Louisville and Bowling Green.
In a news release from Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate Inc., which owns The Square in a partnership with 401 West Main LLC, a Webb Companies affiliate, the companies announced that Urban Outfitters has scheduled its opening for Oct. 20. Pies & Pints, a pizzeria, is scheduled to open in November.
The partnership announced in February that Urban Outfitters, a store popular with teens and college students, would be coming to the corner space of The Square at Main Street and Broadway. That space was previously occupied by DeSha's restaurant.
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Tony's Steak and Seafood features steaks, seafood and pasta dishes such as "Rig-a-Tony" — house-ground prime beef with San Marzano tomatoes and Pecorino Romano.
Owner Tony Ricci said in a telephone interview that the Lexington restaurant will have a musical trio playing on the first floor, which will include restaurant and bar space. The second floor will include space for private groups and additional dining space, he said.
Ricci said that in addition to serving fine food, hospitality and service are also important: "Everyone does matter. Everyone is important. What they're celebrating is important.
"If I can top that off with great food at a reasonable price, we've got them hooked."
The restaurant is scheduled to open in January 2015.
In the news release from the Anderson company, Ricci said, "Just maybe I'll serve something special from my hometown in Italy for the basketball coach" — the University of Kentucky's John Calipari.