Southern Grill restaurant to reopen with a twist
by Denise Strub
May 27, 2011 | 7553 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rising from the ashes of ruin, Clevelanders will soon welcome back one of its favorite dining establishments.

“We’ll be opening June 6. It will be the same Southern Grill but with a twist,” said Debbie Holder, restaurant owner. “We’ll be in our location.”

However, it won’t be the old location on Carpenter Street that was destroyed by a fire on Jan. 19.

“We’re in our original location on North Street,” said Holder, who added the building was most recently T-Bonz restaurant.

“I’ve always loved this building,” said Holder, who explained that after the fire she wasn’t sure she wanted to open up again. “I thought a long time about whether I wanted to get out of (the business) or reopen.

“Running a restaurant is very hard work. I’ve been in this business 24 years and you either love or hate it. You either marry it or divorce,” she said with a slight chuckle.

Holder said when she finally made the decision to reopen she immediately called the owner of the North Street location but T-Bonz was in the building and she really couldn’t think of another place to go.

“So when I got the call a few weeks ago that the building was available, I jumped on it. I’m so excited and ready to get going.”

Holder said everyone has been so supportive and worked very hard so the Southern Grill could be opened soon.

“We have room for 120 inside and then 20 more outdoor on the patio. We’ll also have a bar,” she said, adding this is only one of a few new twists to the restaurant.

“We’ll still have the buffet. We’ll have some lower calorie stuff, sandwiches., and a brand new dinner menu. We haven’t done dinner in a while.”

Holder said dinner will be available Thursday through Saturday and she knows Friday will offer a seafood buffet. “We’re still working on the rest.”

Holder said she has also closed her other restaurant ventures in an effort to focus on Southern Grill.

She said the interior is different, the buffet is new and new T-shirts are being designed.

“We’ll still open for private parties and do catering.

“We’re still the same Southern Grill but with a twist,” she added.

To book a party, obtain catering or for more information, call Holder at 843-1317.