Volcanic influence lands on the menu

Island IX serves delicious burgers and sandwiches.

A lot of volcano eruptions are going on in Viera these days, but not to worry. These are eruptions in flavor at Island IX, the newest restaurant in town.

Located at the Viera Colonnade Shops, Island IX specializes in sandwiches and burgers, all carrying some very unique geological monikers.

“Every sandwich is named after a volcano,” David Clark said.

He and business partner Brett Paul originally wanted to go the franchise route in order to further their experience in the restaurant business. But after being mistreated by the franchise company they had selected, they opted to try it by themselves.

Clark thought Island would make for a good name, but still felt a little more was needed, so he added an I and an X, the first letters of his children’s names, as Roman numerals.

The eatery has been tweaking its operations since its soft opening Aug. 19. Unlike many restaurants, Island IX has sizable space both inside and out.

“We have room for 34 inside and 20 outside,” general manager Cole Beyer said.

The volcano vibes begin with starters such as Hawaiian slaw and continue to desserts that include S’more Lava Cake.

The sandwiches earn their names because of their ingredients. The Mt. Etna, for example, gives a nod to its Mediterranean heritage with its ground sweet Italian sausage topped with cherry peppers, giardiniera veggies and mozzarella on an aioli bun. The Yellowstone honors the caldera of the iconic national park with its bison meat, served with tangy barbecue sauce topped with corn salsa and smoked cheddar cheese, again on an aioli bun.

Clark and Paul are currently working on seafood boils and a range of salads.

At this upscale casual concept restaurant, guests order at the bar and receive a number for their order, which is later delivered.

Clark envisions Island IX as a community hub that will host fundraisers and support different charities and food drives.

“We want to do at least one different fundraiser a month,” Clark said.

Plans for beer nights and wine classes are also in the works.

In appreciation of the military and first responders, Island IX offers a 20 percent discount. Teachers get a great deal, too, with 10 percent off.

Island IX is at 2348 Citadel Way, #105, at the Viera Colonnade Shops. For more information, call 321-305-5946 or visit island-ix.com.