Well, Greensboro and Guilford County have always been a little envious of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in a lot of ways; however, every day, with each new big economic development project announcing intentions to come to Guilford County, there seems to be a new reason Charlotte should keep looking over its shoulder as Greensboro gains on it.

And, soon, Greensboro will have something else it lacked that the Queen City area has – an Epic Chophouse restaurant, a very popular fine-dining establishment that opened up nearly a decade and a half ago near Charlotte.

The company later opened a second Epic Chophouse in Fort Mill, South Carolina, and, starting in late May, it will be serving up enticing steaks, poultry dishes and seafood in Greensboro.

The restaurant’s Greensboro location will be in the Village at North Elm.

Also, an Epic Chophouse is coming to Raleigh later this year – which means it’s coming to Raleigh after coming to Greensboro, which is more evidence that Greensboro is moving up in the world compared to the two largest cities in the state.

Greensboro Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Brent Christensen once told the Rhino Times that people usually focus on the big projects by large companies when talking about economic development draw and attracting people to a city, but he added that one should never underestimate the importance of having well-loved smaller establishments that provide a unique atmosphere.

Christensen said, for instance, people see it as an added bonus when a city has a Topgolf or a Trader Joe’s – and those names can score outside their weight class when it comes to attracting attention to a community. So, the more upscale and unique dining experiences Greensboro gets, the more attractive it is to businesses and people alike when it comes to a desire to locate in the city.

Some of the appetizers that will appear on the Epic Chophouse menu will be Colossal Shrimp Cocktail (colossal shrimp with spicy epic cocktail sauce); Maple Bourbon Bacon (sweet bourbon glazed thick-cut bacon with bourbon mint aioli), Bacon-Wrapped Scallops Rockefeller (jumbo seared scallops bacon wrapped over creamed spinach, topped with hollandaise sauce and crouton dust), and Seared Ahi Tuna (sesame crusted tuna seared rare with nori salad, Kyoto and wasabi drizzles.)

And that’s just the starters.

The restaurant also offers a lot of unique plates like The Legendary Wellington ($58) which is “Classic Filet Mignon Wellington, Enveloped with Duxelle Mushroom Reduction and Flaky Puff Pastry, Laced with Madeira Demi Glace.”

Prices for the extensive list of entrees run from $17 for the marinated flame-broiled chicken to $85 for the Australian Wagyu New York Strip steak that’s “aged to perfection.”

Salads average around $12, while most of the appetizers come in around $15 or $16.

Epic Chophouse also has a kids’ menu and offers catering services.

To help wash down all that terrific-sounding food, the restaurant has a very, very long list of beers, wines and bourbons. The list goes on and on when it comes to beverages.

The first Epic Chophouse opened in 2010 on Main Street in downtown Mooresville – a part of the Charlotte metropolitan area. The building that houses the restaurant there dates all the way back to 1888, when it was home to a famous department store that featured Mooresville’s first electric elevator.

Epic Chophouse prides itself as a company that likes to give back to the community that it feeds.

Promotional material for Epic Chophouse states that, “Through partnerships with local charities, events that support meaningful causes, and initiatives that foster unity, we aim to make a positive impact on our community. Just as our chefs meticulously select and prepare the finest steaks, we carefully choose opportunities that resonate with our values, ensuring that every bite you take at Epic Chophouse contributes to something bigger than a delicious meal – a collective effort to create a brighter future together.”