Two more restaurants have been announced for the International Drive corridor.
Matteo’s Ristorante, a New York restaurant with nine locations in New York, Connecticut and South Florida, will take over the space at 5350 international Dr., previously occupied by a Brazilian churrascaria (it was Nelore’s first location before moving to Winter Park). The restaurant group was founded by Salvatore Sorrentino and his sons Andrew and Matthew over 25 years ago. Specialties include baked clams, penne amatriciana, linguine with white clam sauce and veal chop Valdostano. Most dishes are served family style on platters to pass around. Craig Bloom, managing partner for the new restaurant, says he hopes to be open early November.
Matteo’s will seat approximately 350 patrons and will have two private dining rooms that can seat up to 40 people each. It will employ a staff of 65 to 70 workers. Current Florida locations include Hallandale, Jupiter and Boca Raton.
The other restaurant planned for I-Drive is Rothmann’s, an upscale steakhouse with two other locations: East Norwich on Long Island and midtown Manhattan on East 54th Street. Rothmann’s will occupy the space most recently vacated by Salt Island. (Other previous occupants include Ronnie’s Steakhouse and China Coast, the legendary failed concept from Darden, but we’ll entertain no discussion about a curse on the location. No we will not.) Rothmann’s most likely will not open until after the first of the year.
Both restaurants are under the same corporate umbrella and are owned by two families, including the Sbarros (yep, his family started the pizza chain).