Steve Spurrier's coming Gainesville restaurant announces new details, including memorabilia exhibit
Steve Spurrier’s new Gainesville restaurant will likely attract customers for more than just its “American-casual” menu.
This week, Emily Mavrakis of the Gainesville Sun shared new details about Spurrier’s Gridiron Grille. Florida football fans (and perhaps even some visiting fans making the trip to The Swamp) will probably be interested in seeing some of the memorabilia Spurrier is bringing to his new namesake restaurant.
According to Mavrakis, the restaurant will feature a sports memorabilia exhibit from Spurrier’s decades in football, including the 1966 Heisman Trophy and the Head Ball Coach’s visor collection. It figures that the HBC’s restaurant would work visors into the theme of the establishment. The Sun article notes that the 16,700-square-foot restaurant will include three indoor-outdoor bars and a 5,500-square-foot “rooftop lounge,” called “Visors.”
The menu at Spurrier’s will reportedly feature avocado-topped burgers, grilled chicken, seafood, salads and more along with desserts inspired by wife Jerri Spurrier. The restaurant is expected to open in fall 2020, in time for football season.
Spurrier, who coached the Gators to six SEC titles and a national championship in 1996, returned to Florida in July 2016 as an ambassador for the UF athletic department. Later that year, the Gators’ home field was renamed Steve Spurrier-Florida Field. In 2017, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame for a second time, as a coach, after previously being inducted in 1986 as a player. Spurrier most recently coached the Orlando Apollos of the now-defunct Alliance of American Football in 2019.