A 56-seat, counter service-style restaurant, Ovlo will be located north of I-595 on University Drive and Peters Road. A bright, contemporary dining room decked out in earthy green and whitewashed accents will offer a mix of booths, chairs, and high tops.
The restaurant is modeled after a concept that is becoming popular in California, where partner Steven Stolberg, a former Plantation resident, lived for the last eight years. The new wave of fast-fine eateries provides the same quality food as higher-end restaurants, but guests can opt for on-the-go service or a longer eating experience.
"The menu is still thought-out and curated by the chef," Stolberg explains. "The idea is to offer clean, healthy food with high-quality ingredients that serve as fuel, but we still want guests to have an actual dining experience."
For Ovlo, Stolbert partnered with his son-in-law, Josh Bernstein, who has a decade of experience at high-volume Darden and Aramark restaurants, and chef Jeremy Shelton of Macchialina, Steak 954, and Buccan. Together, the three worked for eight months on the menu, a diverse mix of Mediterranean, Asian, Indian, and Latin ingredients and techniques.
Sandwich options include the Ovlo Banh Mi, served here on
Guests will be able to customize main courses using one of five proteins: herb grilled steak, salmon, shrimp, chicken, or roast Duroc pork served with a choice of two sides.
The Small Sweets to Feel Good About options include chocolate chip cookies and the vegan carrot cake dusted with powdered sugar ($3.50). The beverage program will include nonalcoholic offerings, freshly-brewed teas, local craft beers, and three wine options on tap.
Stolberg says the projected opening date is April 15 and that the long-term plan is to expand to ten locations. There will be takeout options, and delivery will be handled by the restaurant itself. "Our delivery will be part of the guest experience, not an after-thought. We build recipes that can be 45 minutes off the line and still taste good," he says.
Ovlo Eats. 7626 Peters Rd., Plantation; 954-302-3750; ovloeats.com.