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Nov 15, 2004
South Walton, FL

Award-winning restaurateur, cookbook author and television star Chef Emeril Lagasse has announced his newest restaurant, Emeril’s Coastal Italian, opening in Grand Boulevard in late Spring 2017.

“You can expect to find a wide array of dishes on this menu that expand beyond your traditional Italian restaurant."

Combining the rich and diverse tradition of Italian cuisine with the bountiful variety of nearby fresh Gulf seafood and local ingredients, the concept of Emeril's Coastal Italian was personally developed by Chef Emeril. Emeril’s Coastal Italian is located at 435 Grand Boulevard, Suite 104, next door to the Boulevard 10 Cinema.


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When legendary chef Emeril Lagasse decides to open a new restaurant, it’s a momentous occasion and people sit up and take notice. The award-winning restaurateur, cookbook author and television star has announced the opening of his newest restaurant, Emeril’s Coastal Italian, which opens in Grand Boulevard late Spring 2017. Lagasse’s newest restaurant joins the collection of premium restaurants based in the popular Town Center, located in the prestigious beach communities of South Walton, along the Gulf Coast of Northwest Florida.

“Grand Boulevard is a unique location and we can’t wait to be part of the many offerings and businesses here. I’ve had a long appreciation and love for this part of Florida. We are thrilled to partner with the Howard Group and become more involved with the local community,” said Lagasse.

Chef Emeril is hands-on with his restaurants and personally created the new restaurant concept. He and his restaurant team have written, tested and developed the menu and recipes, including the research of local purveyors and experimenting with local ingredients.

Emeril’s Coastal Italian combines the rich and diverse tradition of Italian cuisine with the bountiful variety of nearby fresh Gulf seafood and local ingredients.

“I plan to put my own spin or interpretation on many traditional dishes but also explore some unique offerings that highlight the amazing local ingredients that we have at our fingertips here. You can expect to find a wide array of dishes on this menu that expand beyond your traditional Italian restaurant.” said Lagasse.

Opening a restaurant in Miramar beach has been of interest to the Lagasse’s for some time. Chef Emeril is an avid fisherman and has been fishing in the gulf waters for years. He and his wife Alden Lagasse are active members of the community and call the Gulf Coast their home base.

“Part of the appeal of opening in Miramar Beach and at Grand Boulevard is the proximity to my home and the ability for my whole family to be involved. My children have grown up in our restaurants and we are really looking forward to having this property so close, it’s practically in our backyard,” said Lagasse.

Lovelace Interiors have been selected as the Interior Design Firm in collaboration with Lovelace design associate, Alden Lagasse. Susan Lovelace, ASID, NCIDQ certified and has owned the esteemed Interior Design Firm in Miramar Beach since 1992. The design concept is an earthy mix of textures that create a coastal and casual feeling, with an elegant touch. Susan and Alden describe it as a collaboration between cuisine and design elements that enhance the experience of dining. They are striving to make Emeril's Coastal Italian something that is elevated beyond the ordinary and a complimentary fit to the many superb establishments located at the Town Center.

Keith Howard, President and CEO of Howard Group commented, "I admire the fact that Emeril and his family have been much appreciated and recognized local patrons of the Town Center for many years. Rarely, if ever, do we as developers have the opportunity to work alongside such a world-renowned chef who is also the owner and operator of this newly created Coastal Italian concept. We welcome Emeril and his family to our ever-growing Grand Boulevard Town Center, joining our many other premier dining, shopping and entertainment venues.”

Grand Boulevard is centrally located in the popular and affluent vacation community of South Walton, in Northwest Florida. With 13 restaurants and eateries located in the Town Center, Grand Boulevard attracts a large number of the permanent population as well as second home owners and the area’s many visitors who enjoy the shopping, dining, hotels and entertainment offered within the Town Center.

Emeril’s Coastal Italian restaurant is located at 435 Grand Boulevard, Suite 104, next door to the Town Center cinema About Grand Boulevard Grand Boulevard is the shop, dine, play and stay Town Center located on Northwest Florida’s Beaches. Based on the prominent mixed-use architectural model, Grand Boulevard offers a dynamic lifestyle experience with convenient access to a multitude of exclusive shopping and dining options, entertainment, professional services, corporate offices and lodging.

Grand Boulevard is a Howard Group and Merchants Retail Partners property. For more information, please call (850) 837-3099 or visit

About Emeril Lagasse
Chef Emeril Lagasse is the chef/proprietor of 13 restaurants in New Orleans, Las Vegas, Orlando and Bethlehem, PA. As a national TV personality, he has hosted more than 2,000 shows on the Food Network, and is the food correspondent for ABC's "Good Morning America." Lagasse has appeared as a guest judge in four seasons of Bravo’s hit food series, “Top Chef,” was named a co-host for the tenth season of the “Rachael Ray Show,” and in January 2016, he entered his fourth season of “Emeril’s Florida” on the Cooking Channel. In September 2016, Amazon launched an original series featuring Lagasse called “Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse.” Lagasse is the best-selling author of 19 cookbooks, the latest, Essential Emeril: Favorite Recipes and Hard-Won Wisdom from My Life in the Kitchen, was released in October 2015. In 2002, Emeril established the Emeril Lagasse Foundation to support children's educational programs that inspire and mentor young people through the culinary arts, nutrition, healthy eating, and important life skills. To date, the Foundation has donated more than $7 million to community organizations in New Orleans, Las Vegas and on the Gulf Coast. Please visit for more info.

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Apr 14, 2006
South Walon, FL
While the anticipation for Emeril’s Lagasse’s new restaurant in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin builds, Chef Emeril and his team have been working diligently on all aspects of the restaurant, preparing for a late summer opening.

Shane Quinlan has been named the Chef de Cuisine for Emeril’s Coastal Italian. Chef Shane has strong ties to the new restaurant’s home in Northwest Florida as he was born and raised in Destin, Florida.

Since graduating from Charleston’s Johnson & Wales University, Quinlan has enjoyed stints at Westin Hotels & Resorts and Mirassou Winery, opened a Tommy Bahama restaurant in Las Vegas and overseen culinary operations at TPC Summerlin for the PGA Tour.

Wanting to return with his family to the Emerald Coast and the beaches of South Walton, Chef Shane accepted the position of Executive Chef over the Beach Club at Watersound and all of St. Joe Club & Resort’s golf clubs. Connecting with local purveyors and the local community led Chef Shane to launch his own business, a private Chef and Catering service, bringing top restaurant quality food and wine into the homes of the busy professionals and seasonal visitors of the South Walton area.

Bringing years of experience, local knowledge and a deep passion for the Gulf Coast, Quinlan is an excellent addition to the Emeril family and brings the skill set Chef Emeril was looking for as Chef de Cuisine on his newest outpost. Chef Shane has been spending the past six months working and training in New Orleans with Chef Emeril and his team. They have been developing and collaborating on dishes that reflect both classic Italian favorites as well as many offerings that highlight the fresh seafood and remarkable local ingredients found on the Emerald Coast.

Ki Song An has been named General Manager of Emeril’s Coastal Italian. He has worked for Emeril’s Restaurant Group since 1999 when Chef Emeril opened Delmonico Steakhouse in Las Vegas.

Born in South Korea, Ki Song An arrived in the United States with his family at the age of four and settled in Las Vegas, Nevada. Growing up, Ki enjoyed traditional Korean meals with his family, which is what originally sparked his passion for food and hospitality. He joined Emeril’s team as a busser in 1999 and worked his way up quickly. By 2000, he was offered a management position at Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at the MGM Grand, rising to the role of Assistant General Manager in 2004.

When Chef Emeril opened Table 10 at The Palazzo in Las Vegas, Chef Emeril asked Ki to come on board as the General Manager. When it came time to look for a General Manager for Chef Emeril’s newest restaurant, Emeril’s Coastal Italian, Chef Emeril called on Ki once again, knowing that his positive attitude, love of the hospitality industry and deep knowledge of Emeril’s Restaurants would make him a natural fit.

Emeril’s Coastal Italian opens late summer 2017 in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. The restaurant will open at 11:30 a.m., seven days a week. Both indoor and outdoor dining options will be available. Emeril’s Coastal Italian will offer one menu for both lunch and dinner.

Menu selections will include fresh pastas, flatbreads, house made meatballs and lasagna Bolognese. Paying homage to the nearby Gulf waters, diners can expect a local fish special of the day, oysters Florentine and skillet Gulf shrimp – just a few of the many local seafood options at Emeril’s Coastal Italian. Additional menu items include both imported and domestic meats and cheese as well as Emeril’s delicious desserts including his famous Banana Cream Pie and house made gelato.


SoWal Guide
Staff member
Nov 15, 2004
South Walton, FL
Emeril's Italian Kitchen is now OPEN at Grand Boulevard! Serving lunch and dinner daily. Open at 11:30am.

Located at Grand Boulevard in Sandestin, Emeril's Coastal Italian is the first of Emeril’s Restaurants in Northwest Florida. Emeril's Coastal Italian combines the rich and diverse tradition of Italian cuisine with the bountiful variety of nearby fresh Gulf seafood and local ingredients. Chef de Cuisine, Shane Quinlan, will work closely with Chef Emeril to deliver a menu featuring Italian favorites like house made meatballs, Lasagna Bolognese and other house made pasta dishes and creative flatbreads as well as specialties straight from the Gulf. The design of the restaurant compliments the menu using an earthy mix of textures to create a casual, coastal feeling that is complete with elegant and sophisticated touches.
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can't wait!


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Jan 10, 2013
There last night...very reservation and reasonable prices...


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