I recently got a glimpse of a brand new restaurant that’s about to open and had a chance to taste some of the innovative dishes it will serve. It’s called Tony Roma’s and it will have its official debut in October.
I know, I know. Tony Roma’s has been around for, what, 45 years? But the brand, which is owned by Orlando based RomaCorp, was due for a refresh. (Because, 45 years.)
So the International Drive location has undergone a massive renovation that will serve as a global prototype (you can find Tony Roma’ses in 30 countries, so that’s about as global as you can get).
The refurbishment includes a spiffed up and brighter interior with a welcoming indoor/outdoor bar in the main room, and expanded patio dining that includes a corner fireplace and a commanding view of the Coca-Cola Eye.
The menu (see below) has been refreshed, too, with more than two dozen new items designed by executive chef Bob Gallagher. (Gallagher also oversees the culinary program at TR Fire Grill, RomaCorp’s newest brand, in Winter Park.) Tony Roma’s has always had the nickname “the Place for Ribs,” and that continues to be a specialty.