June 13, 2014

Morton’s Grille to replace M&S Grill on the Country Club Plaza?

Morton’s Grille, a spinoff of Morton’s The Steakhouse, is set to replace M&S Grill at 4646 J.C. Nichols Parkway. Morton’s Grille is described as a more casual version of Morton’s The Steakhouse. No opening date was available.

Nearly a decade ago, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant opened a more casual spinoff, M&S Grill, on the Country Club Plaza. It closed earlier this month at 4646 J.C. Nichols Parkway.

Now its parent company, Landry’s Restaurant Group, is replacing that casual spinoff concept with another — this one based on its Morton’s The Steakhouse restaurants.

Landry’s public relations company confirmed Monday that a Morton’s Grille would open in the former M&S Grill space. But no other details were provided, including the scheduled opening date, number of employees or menu items.

According to Nation’s Restaurant News, Landry’s opened the first Morton’s Grille in The Woodlands, a Houston suburb, in mid-2013. It is described as a more casual, yet sophisticated spinoff of Morton’s The Steakhouse.

A glance at the menu for the Texas Morton’s Grille shows some of Morton’s classic steak house items as well as new ones: bacon and eggs (deviled eggs, bacon, scallion and Dijon vinaigrette) for $8, a hot pastrami Reuben sandwich for $16, prime rib hash for $18, horseradish crusted salmon for $24, bacon fat braised ribs for $27, and a 16-ounce Cajun rib eye steak for $40.

Glenn Stephenson, vice president and division manager at Highwoods Properties, the landlords for the Plaza, said in a statement: “We are pleased to hear that the Landry’s Restaurant Group will be bringing Morton’s Grille to Kansas City. Landry’s has been a great partner, and we’re excited for this new concept to find a home on the Country Club Plaza.”

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