Building Tallahassee: The buzz inside 201 East Park Avenue

Posted at 2:14 PM, Aug 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-27 14:47:22-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Last week, we gave you a sneak peek at the newest restaurant coming to downtown Tallahassee.

Now, we're showing you what's happening on Monroe and Park.

There's two months to go before downtown Tallahassee opens its latest restaurant. The owners of Sage are behind "Il Lusso," the name of this Italian steakhouse.

The name literally means "luxury."

"A really warm and welcoming feel that you think of with Italian cuisine -- and then, of course, just the classic steakhouse," said Craig Richardson, the co-owner of Il Lusso. "So, it's kind of just a mix of both of those."

The doors will open to a lounge area, a bar behind it, and two separate dining areas. That includes an outdoor patio that overlooks the Chain of Parks.

"It's a big new, beautiful building on an iconic corner of Tallahassee," said Terry White, who also co-owns Il Lusso. "I think this restaurant is going to be a big, beautiful restaurant that people haven't seen anything like in Tallahassee."

Il Lusso will take up the ground floor of the buildling, which doesn't have an official name. The top two levels have been home to a lobbying firm since last November.

"We're excited to be kind of part of the vibrancy of what's happening in the city," said Carol Bracy, the managing partner of Ballard Partners.

Ballard Partners moved out of its historic headquarters just two blocks away. The company will lease out office space on floors two to four.

Managing partner Carol Bracy says the location gets the firm even closer to the Capitol -- and, with the way the building is designed, the views are a bonus.

"Depending on the time of day, we've just got really beautiful natural lighting -- a lot of natural materials, very clean," said Bracy. "To see the Chain of Parks right off of our terrace, I think, makes it kind of a beautiful feature."

"The driving force of the new downtown," said Richardson. "With everything that's going on behind us and to the south of us and the proposed buildings and expansions and everything, you know, we'll be the first one and show people that it can be done."

The restaurant's owners say they hope to open "Il Lusso" (ill-LOOSE-oh) in mid-to-late October. The business will add 60 to 70 jobs to the local workforce.