Upscale steak house opening at The Avenue Viera


The owners of Austin's Chop House hope to have the upscale steak and seafood restaurant open by July 1 at the site of the former Mimi's Café at The Avenue Viera.

An upscale steak house is set to open this summer at the site of the former Mimi’s Café at The Avenue Viera.

Extensive renovations are underway at Austin’s Chop House, Pat Biddix said. The 8,000-square-foot restaurant at 6630 Colonnade Ave. will offer a variety of meat and seafood dishes, prepared by a staff overseen by an executive chef and a sous chef, Biddix said. 

“We hope to be open by July 1,” said Biddix, former general manager/president and current director of government relations of Melbourne Greyhound Park and Club 52. 

Named for Biddix’s seventh-grader grandson, Austin’s will serve lunch and dinner and have seating for 193 customers. The restaurant will feature a fine-dining room, a banquet room with a big-screen television for special occasions, a piano bar, a wine locker with an array of wines, a waterfall-styled fountain near the entrance and display cases for pastries prepared daily by a pastry chef, Biddix said. 

“He makes fantastic, beautiful pastries,” Biddix said. “You can have them here with a cappuccino after you go to the movies, or if you have guests coming, you can order them and bring them home. His portfolio is second to none.”

The new restaurant and its outparcel lot are just south of the main entrance to The Avenue Viera. In the past few months, the New Orleans-themed Mimi’s Cafe restaurant chain has shuttered dozens of locations across the U.S., including the Viera facility, which closed in April. The new owners bought the fully equipped restaurant as is as part of the purchase deal, leaving them in possession of everything from plates to wall hangings, Biddix said. 

“They had walls covered with pictures, instruments, drums and we just opened it up to the public and let them take what they wanted,” said Biddix, who plans to donate the restaurant’s old plates, silverware and glassware to charity.

 The restaurant’s exterior will be changed significantly, Biddix said. “We’ll have a Southwest theme, with rocks and big boulders,” he said of the proposed landscaping.

 “It’s a family operation,” Biddix said. “My wife is an accountant, so you can bet she’ll have her share of the duties here.”

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