Eddie’s Seafood and Raw Bar sits on prime real estate: a cozy cove with a view of Lake Norman and easy access off Williamson Road.
But the best seat in the house might not be overlooking the water; it might just be front and center at the raw bar.
Whole salmon, brought in fresh that day, chilled on ice along whole oysters just waiting to be shucked, huge crab legs, octopus, calamari and clams. It’s a true seafood lover's dream and a dream come true for owners and husband-wife team Ann-Margaret Wagner and Eddie Lubic.
Wagner and Lubic own restaurants in New York and have been in the business for years.
They came to North Carolina after a customer raved about the state. The couple loved the area and found that the restaurant formerly housing Vinnie’s in Mooresville was for sale.
“We knew that we could create an amazing restaurant in this space!” Wagner said. “But time was of the essence, so we had to act fast.”
The couple closed on the restaurant in July 2013 and opened a couple weeks later. The place has been scrubbed, redecorated and revamped; the only thing that is the same is the view.
The two create a formidable team with Wagner working the front of the house and Lubic overseeing the kitchen. But don’t expect Lubic to stay out of sight.
“His favorite thing to do is go around to each table and meet the customers,” Wagner said. “He loves people and will do whatever it takes to create a great dining experience.”
They also found a gem in their Head Chef Ron Campbell, who knows a little something about seafood.
“I grew up in Beaufort, S.C.,” he said. “I’ve been shucking oysters since I was 5 years old.”
He has also worked at GW Fins, a seafood restaurant in New Orleans, and California Dreaming in Columbia, S.C.
Campbell, Lubic and Wagner have worked hard to create an excellent menu. There are Italian specialties, upscale bar food and seafood specials every day.
“We get seafood in six days a week,” Campbell said. “So if something looks amazing, we’ll get it and make it into a special.”
This way the customer is getting the freshest options available such as frog legs or alligator tail. On the menu, there are nachos covered in lump crabmeat, a beef and brisket mixed hamburger on a telera bun (which is soft with an English muffin crunch) and a Zuppa Di Pecse that sings with flavor.
The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and has access to all NFL games. There are nightly drink specials, as well. At lunch, patrons can choose from a list of $7.95 specials, which include a drink, enjoy free Wi-Fi and check out the gorgeous view. It is the perfect place to take the office staff or enjoy working while overlooking the gorgeous scenery. There is also a thorough kid’s menu and a new atmosphere which is very welcoming for families.
“We’ve got high chairs, crayons and truly, we are a restaurant with a great bar, not the other way around,” General Manager Cathy Hocking said.
Customers are slowly realizing that this is not just the same old place. This restaurant is full of fresh, fun, flavorful food set in a picture-perfect locale. Eddie’s is also working toward providing musical entertainment at night to give customers yet another reason to stick around.
“We are really trying to show that we are an entirely new restaurant,” Wagner said. “Same spot, totally different place.”
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Eddie’s Seafood and Raw Bar
643 Williamson Road, Mooresville