Dallas Cowboys lineman Kadeem Edwards is pairing with a local restaurateur for a new brunch and American fare restaurant near Lake Ivanhoe in the former Nova Orlando spot.
Edwards, who went to Seminole High School in Sanford and has played for three NFL teams, is working with former Park Station investor Blake Levison for a new restaurant called Stir Restaurant and Bar.
Stir has been in the works for more than two years, with owners originally hoping to locate in Winter Park, but moving to the north of downtown Orlando location when it became available.
“The spot has so much character with the brick and vaulted ceilings,” Levison said. “We will be redecorating, but it is really a great building already.”
Along with Edwards and Levison, Ryan Thompson and Eric Winsor, formerly with Ale House, are also investing the restaurant.
The menu and executive chef are still being finalized, but a sample menu includes dishes such as shrimp and grits, bone marrow, duck fat fried chicken and lamb pappardelle. The early menu includes small, medium and large plates, with prices ranging from $7 for a soup or salad to $32 for scallops with roasted pumpkin and kale farrotto.
“We’re going to be really big on brunch and we are going to have a menu focused on American food with as much as we can fresh and local,” Levison said.
The spot has struggled to keep a tenant in recent years, with Nova lasting less than two years and previous tenants including a diner called Brian’s and Elliot’s Public House.
The building does have limited parking, but also has access to local popular bars such as The Hammered Lamb and The Imperial. The Stir team is trying to work with local bars and restaurants to make the new spot a part of regular events in the neighborhood, Levison said.