In October of 1947, Ralph and Norma Lewis opened The Okeechobee Drive-In. Passed on to their son, Curtis Lewis and his wife Jeannie, and now known as The Okeechobee Steakhouse.
Curtis Lewis removed the “drive-through” and added a larger seating area, a new full-service bar, and renovated the remainder of the restaurant, thus making the restaurant a more upscale dining experience.
While steaks are the focus of the company, they also serve seafood, soups, salads, chicken, lobster, escargot, as well as an extensive wine menu. Desserts are also a favorite item here, with many customers opting for coffee and a piece of coconut cream pie.
Some might call this restaurant “retro” but Lewis prefers to think of it as “classic”. The company recently began offering a catering operation in the new 7,000 square foot facility on the grounds of the original restaurant. This new idea came courtesy of third generation member Ralph Lewis.
CEO Lewis states that any given time, the company can have as much as $200,000 worth of meat in dry storage. The new catering building has two kitchens, as well as a tasting room. The new catering operations will serve an area stretching 90 miles in radius around the restaurant.
Okeechobee Steakhouse has an average of 4.6 out of a possible 5-stars on most review sites, including OpenTable, Yelp, and Google. Headquarters for the company remain in West Palm Beach, Florida.