introducing merus grill

New classic American restaurant beefs up Anejo space in Uptown Park

New classic American restaurant beefs up Anejo space in Uptown Park

Merus Grill prime rib
Merus Grill will feature prime rib on the bone. Courtesy of Merus Grill
Merus Grill crab cakes
Crab cakes. Courtesy of Merus Grill
Merus Grill salmon
Grilled salmon. Courtesy of Merus Grill
Merus Grill prime rib
Merus Grill crab cakes
Merus Grill salmon

The transformation of Uptown Park into a premier dining destination takes another step forward this month. Merus Grill, a new concept from J. Alexander's Holdings, will open November 18, the company announced

First announced in March, the restaurant will occupy the former Anejo space at 1180 Uptown Park Blvd. Open for lunch and dinner daily, the 7,900-square-foot space will seat approximately 200 diners.

While it isn't completely clear how Merus Grill differs from corporate siblings like J. Alexander's or Redlands Grill, the restaurant will feature a menu of classic American cuisine that includes Certified Angus Beef, all-natural chicken, and seafood. In addition, the restaurant will have an extensive selection of wine, beer, and cocktails.

“The Merus Grill menu will feature a wide selection of American classics, including prime rib of beef roasted on the bone, steaks, fresh seafood, premium sandwiches, and entrée salads," J. Alexander's President and CEO Mark Parkey said in a statement. "The menu will also include a varied and rotating selection of such offerings as Tuscan Steak, Block Island Swordfish with Mango Papaya Salsa, and Chicken Milanese.”

Adding Merus Grill only furthers the transformation of dining options at Uptown Park. California-based sandwich shop Mendocino Farms opened last month. Next year, a second location of bar-restaurant-concert venue The Rustic will open on the property. James Beard Award winning chef Hugo Ortega and his wife/business partner Tracy Vaught recently announced plans to open a new restaurant in the former Cafe Express space.