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The owners of a popular Bradenton breakfast-lunch spot plan to soon debut a steakhouse concept.
Modern Chop is set to open at 1830 59th St. W., near Blake Medical Center and in the former space of numerous restaurants including Nicki’s West 59th. It hopes to open by Nov. 1, said Joseph Moreta, who will own the steakhouse with father Jose Moreta and fiancée Nicole Praessel. The three also own Sage Biscuit Cafe, which has locations in downtown Bradenton and on Cortez Road.
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“I’ve always loved steakhouses,” Moreta said. “On my birthday, I always go somewhere in Tampa or Sarasota, I go to a major steakhouse. It’s always been something that has been close to my heart, so it’s something I wanted to do. So we decided to open up a steakhouse, and I wanted it to be a little different.”
Planned menu items include steakhouse staples such as filet, ribeye and porterhouse, as well as lesser-known cuts like Wagyu teres major, along with seafood, game and more. Moreta said they plan to work with area businesses such as Tampa’s Master Purveyors, Cortez’s A.P. Bell Fish Company, Sarasota’s Sutters Quality Food and local farms when possible.
For non-meat eaters, Modern Chop will offer multiple vegetarian options, including fresh pasta dishes. It also plans to be full-liquor and serve a selection of plays on classic steakhouse cocktails, along with wine and beer options. The Modern Chop space will be about 5,000 square feet, including a covered outdoor dining area.
Known for its blend of classic breakfast and lunch favorites along with vegetarian and vegan offerings, Sage Biscuit Cafe opened its original Cortez Road restaurant in 2012, before adding a downtown Bradenton location in 2016. Along with Nicki’s West 59th, the 1830 59th St. W. space has also served as the former location of sports bar/seafood spot The Clam on 59th and Italian restaurant Lamantini Trattoria.
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