Eddie V’s Has A Whole New Vibe
The first official opening night for the new Eddie V’s in Troy along the busy Big Beaver corridor was June 19. A little bit east of Somerset Mall, this is the 19th Eddie V’s location, and it is spacious and beautiful. The décor is clean and new with an understated elegance. An obvious distinguishing feature of the restaurant is an entire wall on one side of the bar that opens to an outdoor patio. Once the traffic dies down, it creates some great ambiance.
“We like to say that we are a glorious destination with an irresistible vibe serving world-class seafood, steaks and wine,” said Managing Partner Mark Flora with a smile.
With a degree in hospitality management from Purdue University, Flora has a deep resume of restaurant management that includes local venues like J. Alexander’s and Crispelli’s.
Eddie V’s distinction includes live jazz music seven nights a week, with a rotation of local talent that plays upbeat jazz in their “V” lounge. The V lounge features a grand piano and makes up about 30 percent of the restaurant’s footprint. Jazz musicians play four one-hour sets. Music starts at 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Sunday; it starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Happy hour is from 4-7 p.m. every night.
The menu has several outstanding dishes that are likely to become signature offerings, including the Chilean Sea Bass entree, which is steamed Hong Kong-style and served with light soy sherry broth. The lump crab cakes are a favorite as well.
“We are a seafood house, but we are also known for steaks. We have prime steaks cooked at 1,150 degrees in a broiler, and they are outstanding,” Flora said. “We only use center cut prime beef.”
Executive Chef and Partner Michael Sauer is the driving force behind what emerges from the kitchen. The dishes are beautiful and look like works of art. Chef Michael has worked many venues, including as executive chef for Sheraton Hotels.
“He is a positive leader and possesses a very jovial personality,” Flora says about Chef Michael. “He and I are the senior executive leadership in the building.”
Eddie V’s is owned by Darden Corporation, which is the organization that also owns the Capital Grille, Longhorn Steakhouse, the Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze and others.
“We have what we call an indulgence culture here,” Flora said. “We want to go above and beyond our guests’ expectations. We get to know their names; we take notes on their drink and menu preferences, and if they are here for an occasion, we try to personalize the dining experience. One of my goals is to make it seamless.”
They collect and track small pieces of information about each guest in order to optimize the dining experience.
“If we have a couple who mention they love a particular table, we note that and we will try to get them seated at that table every time perhaps without them having to ask. We call it being obsessed with fulfilling their unexpressed wishes,” Flora added.
Eddie V’s is open for dinner only, and while there is no dress code and management wants everyone to feel comfortable, the fine dining and lounge atmosphere lends itself to more business casual or dressy attire.
Word is getting out about the jazz music at the new Eddie V’s, and those who love the lounge scene and love jazz are beginning to assemble here.
“We have some space in front of the piano, and when people are feeling the energy, they get up and dance,” Flora said.
The community response to Eddie V’s has been excellent, he said. “I have an obsessive attention to detail and I want everyone to feel comfortable, well taken care of and for this to become their place. I want this to be classy, elegant and fun.”
2100 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy