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Boston Is Getting Yet Another Steakhouse Chain

Indiana-based Eddie Merlot’s plans to open in the Seaport in early 2020

An Eddie Merlot’s location
An Eddie Merlot’s location
Eddie Merlot’s/Official Site

Boston’s Seaport District, which is already home to several out-of-town steakhouse chains, is getting another. Indiana-based steakhouse chain Eddie Merlot’s — which was eyeing a Seaport location way back in 2013 that didn’t come to fruition — plans to move into the sprawling space at 505 Congress St. that was formerly occupied by La Casa de Pedro. Eddie Merlot’s currently operates 13 restaurants spread out across the country.

La Casa de Pedro — which closed its Seaport location in July 2018 and its original location in Watertown in March 2019 — recently petitioned the Boston licensing board to transfer its liquor license to Eddie Merlot’s. Bill Vezeau, the steakhouse chain’s director of business, told Eater that Eddie Merlot’s hopes to open in January 2020.

“We will carry our full menu of prime and wagyu beef, but will also feature a more extensive offering of fine fresh seafood to accommodate the Boston market,” Vezeau told Eater via email. “We have partnered with a Boston seafood company called Stavis Seafoods for many years and are looking forward to being a neighbor in the Seaport District. We are very excited to be opening in Boston and serving both residents and visitors to the Boston area.”

Eddie Merlot’s serves the standard range of steakhouse fare, including appetizers like creamed corn, mashed potatoes, steamed asparagus, and scalloped potatoes. Current menus at its existing locations feature seafood items such as yellowfin tuna steaks, cedar plank salmon, and grilled shrimp.

When Eddie Merlot’s opens, it’ll join several other steak-focused chains in the neighborhood: Del Frisco’s, Morton’s, and the Palm, not to mention a Smith & Wollensky’s not too far away, plus seafood-and-steak chains like Ocean Prime and Mastro’s Ocean Club.

Eddie Merlot’s Plans to Open in the Former La Casa de Pedro Space in Boston’s Seaport District [BRT]
La Casa de Pedro Temporarily Closes in the Seaport [EBOS]
Watertown Restaurant Casa de Pedro Closes Amid Bankruptcy Proceedings [BG]