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SUBHEAD: Eddie's Seafood & Raw Bar to open in August

MOORESVILLE – Although there was no real-life Vinnie behind Vinnie’s Sardine Grill & Raw Bar on Williamson Road, Eddie Lubic of the soon-to-open Eddie’s Seafood & Raw Bar is very much alive and well.

Lubic bought Vinnie’s lakefront property from Hugh Stone and Billy Hartis for $1.3 million on June 28, according to county records. The deal was brokered by Jon Grigorian of Lakeshore Realty.

Grigorian said Lubic fell in love with Vinnie’s location after looking at five other restaurants for sale.

“I just saw how great it was, right on the lake. It was too good of a location,” Lubic said. “I’m tired of New York. I’ve been up there my whole life. It’s too hectic.”

Lubic has run Eduardo’s Restaurant & Lounge, an upscale Italian restaurant named after his father, in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., for the last 30 years. He also owns Muscoot Tavern in Somers, N.Y.

“Everyone always wants to see the owner, the manager," Lubic said. "I walk around, that’s what I do.”

Eddie’s tentative opening date is Aug. 1. The restaurant will offer diners a choice of lobster, King Crab Legs, octopus, jumbo shrimps, Littleneck clams from Long Island, fresh fish, a diverse salad bar and even some Italian and carnivorous options.

“There’s a lot of raw bars in this area,” Lubic said. “Oysters out of the kitchen? You call that a raw bar? That’s not a raw bar to me.”

Lubic will partner with his wife, Ann-Margaret Wagner, to run Eddie’s. The couple is working to refinish the floors, outdoor deck and indoor bar before opening.

The restaurant can comfortably seat 200 people inside and 100 on the outdoor deck overlooking a sunset view of the lake.

The sale represents the last of four Vinnie’s – including locations in Matthews, Charlotte and Mountain Island – to close its doors in the region.

“Eddie’s should be the best thing to hit Lake Norman,” Grigorian said.