Spurrier’s restaurant announces new details, operating partner

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Concept art from the upcoming Spurrier’s Gridiron Grille restaurant. [Scott + Cormia Architecture]
By Emily Mavrakise/mavrakis@gvillesun.com
Spurrier’s Gridiron Grille, the upcoming Celebration Pointe restaurant founded by Heisman Trophy-winning University of Florida football player and legendary coach Steve Spurrier, unveiled some new details on the decor and menu, and announced its operator.
The 16,700-square-foot restaurant will include three indoor-outdoor bars and a 5,500-square-foot rooftop lounge, called “Visors,” that will overlook the Celebration Pointe Promenade.
Customers will be enveloped in a mid-century modern atmosphere, which will also include a sports memorabilia exhibit from Spurrier’s decades as a player and coach, including a display of his visor collection. His 1966 Heisman Trophy will serve as the centerpiece.
The restaurant will have three private dining spaces, with the largest able to accommodate 50.
A variety of American-casual menu items will be on the menu, including avocado-topped burgers, grilled chicken, seafood, salads and more.
Desserts inspired by the coach’s wife, Jeri Spurrier, will also be dished out, and include recipes like pecan pie a la mode and chocolate chip cookies.
The operating partner at Spurrier’s will be Andrew Johnstone, who has more than three decades of restaurant experience, including in Gainesville.
Johnstone was most recently operations director for the Mission BBQ chain and was a past managing partner of Outback Steakhouse in Gainesville from 2002-2014.
Kickoff for Spurrier’s Gridiron Grille is expected to take place in fall 2020, just in time for football season.