Looking ahead: Eddie V’s founders opening Italian restaurant downtown

They don’t get as much fanfare as some of their peers, but Guy Vilavaso, Larry Foles and executive chef John Carver have had remarkable careers in Austin and beyond. The trio founded Eddie V’s, before selling the eight-restaurant chain to Darden Restaurants for $58 million in 2011, as well as the Roaring Fork and Wildfish.

This spring they turn their entrepreneurial gaze toward an Italian. The trio will open Red Ash in the Colorado Tower at Third and Colorado streets. The restaurant will feature a wood-fired oven, as well as homemade pasta like pappardelle with wild boar and selections of artisan charcuterie and cheese. Specialties will include Gulf red snapper a la plancha, wood-roasted stuffed porchetta, and traditional wood-roasted lobster tails. The restaurant is slated to open in the spring, with a June launch eyed.

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