Steakhouse to Open in Former Park Plaza Gardens

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A steakhouse concept from the owners of the 310 restaurants, will take over the Park Plaza Gardens space in Winter Park. Joanne McMahon of 310 said Tuesday, "It's going to happen," though they "haven't quite finalized the name." (Bovine is the working title.)

The restaurant will be about the same size as Park Plaza Gardens and the dining room, known for its patiolike atmosphere under a glass enclosure, will be basically the same, she said, including the brick walls and floors. But the kitchen is being totally gutted.

Asked what type of steakhouse it would be, she said, "I don't like to say high end because that scares people away. Say high quality instead."

Park Plaza Gardens was one of the area's more venerable fine dining restaurants, a favorite for special occasion dining for many years. "It's kind of a legend," said McMahon, "so it's kind of exciting."

However, in recent years a dispute between the South Florida based landlord and the previous owner caused the space to be vacated.

The reasons for that closing -- as told by the previous owner's representative in this article -- were widely reported. So that raises the issue of the elephant in the room, or more precisely, the rodents that might frighten the elephant.

"There are two sides to that story," said McMahon. "We're gutting everything over there and we're not seeing anything."

The steakhouse will be the fifth restaurant for the 310 group, including 310 Park South and blu on the avenue directly across the street from Park Plaza Gardens. There are also 310s in downtown Orlando and Lake Nona. McMahon said another restaurant -- a different concept -- is planned for Lake Nona in 2019.

An August opening for the steakhouse is the goal.