Charley's Steak House Planned for Meaty Winter Park Location
Talk of the Town Restaurants is planning to open another location of its flagship brand, Charley’s Steak House. And this one won’t be in the tourist sector.
TOTT’s senior operating partner, Seth Miller, told me that the new steakhouse will be in Winter Park at the corner of Lee Road and Orlando Avenue. If you’re trying to picture what’s already at that intersection, let me help you out: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. You know, the one just a couple of blocks from Ruth’s Chris Steak House. And two miles from Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster. The exact location of where the foundation will be laid has not been determined, so you may also read that to mean that it won’t be opening anytime soon. But suffice to say that when it does, that corner of Winter Park will become one of the most well meated areas of town. (A rendering of what the building will look like is above, courtesy of Talk of the Town Restaurants.)
Talk of the Town has three existing Charley’s: one the group refers to as being in Celebration, even though it’s in Kissimmee; one on International Drive; and another in Tampa. It closed its original Charley’s on Orange Blossom Trail a few years ago and replaced it with a new brand, Charley’s Wildfire Grille, just three years ago. It closed two years ago. There was talk from Talk that it would reopen the Wildfire Grille on property it has in the Lake Buena Vista area, but that has not occurred.
Of course there’s also the little issue of a lawsuit filed by Chicago’s Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises against Talk of the Town Restaurants and Ron Woodsby regarding the use of the word Wildfire.