Walk-On’s expanding with new sports bar coming to Viera

Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux will offer food with a Louisianna flair. It will be located directly behind the Outback Steakhouse in Viera

A new Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux will soon be constructed at 8550 Napolo Drive in Viera. 

According to Courtney Fowler, who will co-own the establishment along with her husband Nate, the hope is to have the restaurant open by early 2021.

Fowler stressed the Louisiana flair of Walk-On’s, also adding that the food is made from scratch and that "there’s something for everybody."

"When you walk in, you're going to get an awesome time, an upscale sports bar type of area," Fowler said. "…. It's a super nice restaurant, perfect for a girls' night out, perfect for a family dinner."

The restaurant will be 7,500 square feet and feature 70 televisions, Fowler added. There also will be a game area for children and a cornhole set up in the back of the establishment.

Fowler said that she and her husband felt Viera was a natural fit for the restaurant.

"Viera is our community," Courtney Fowler said. "We consider it our community."

Fowler added that the co-owners hope to have 180 to 200 employees when the restaurant opens. They "are currently in the process of hiring" management teams.

The restaurant chain appears to be expanding in Florida. Four other locations are scheduled to be built in Tallahassee, Orlando, Kissimmee and Kendall, according to the company’s website. There currently are two locations open in the state in Fort Lauderdale and Wesley Chapel.

The chain is named Walk-On’s after its founders, who were both walk-ons for the Louisiana State University basketball team. 

Its establishments are spread out through eight states in the southern and southeastern United States. There are plans to expand to Tennessee, which would be the ninth state to have a franchise.