Florence – A Grand Opening Ribbon cutting was held recently at Rick Elliot’s newest restaurant, City Hardware. It is located next door to his highly acclaimed restaurant, The Trattoria di Ricatoni. Both restaurants share the same high standards and the chefs strive to draw the maximum of flavor from the very freshest of ingredients used in every meal.
The ribbon cutting was attended by the Shoals Chamber of Commerce President Steve Holt, Chairman of the Board Jackie Hendrix, and Chamber Ambassadors, Mayor Bobby Irons and his wife, Andy Betterton, City Councilman (District 3), representatives of Downtown Florence Unlimited and other guests.
We talked with Head Chef Jeff Eubanks about his and owner Rick Elliot’s vision for the success of City Hardware. Chef Eubanks said “From slow roasted Baby-Back Ribs rubbed in spices over a wood-fire grill, to fresh locally grown greens from Jack-O-Lantern Farms we use only the finest of ingredients. Here at City Hardware we put a twist on traditional American cuisine and combine it with Southern gourmet.”
Also working with Chef Eubanks is General Manager Vinny Cayoutte, an MBA graduate from UNA. Together they are striving hard to insure each and every guest has a great dining experience while visiting City Hardware.
Owner Rick Elliot has called Florence home for nearly two decades and has become one of the most respected restauranteurs in the Shoals area. With his irresistible character, self effacing humor, and vivid imagination, he has created one of Alabama’s most exciting dining experiences in historic downtown Florence.