New restaurant opens in downtown Opp

Published 1:52 am Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Opp has a new option in the restaurant category.

Cheez Gritz Grille opened its doors in the old Barr’s Seafood location last week.

Kelly Caldwell, owner, said the restaurant had a soft opening and has doubled in the quantity of customers each day since.

Caldwell said they were full on Friday and Saturday, and even had people who were waiting to eat.

Caldwell said that during the day, they have a meat and two veggies with a drink for lunch, as well as sandwiches such as a ribeye steak sandwich on ciabatta.

They will also have things such as po boys, Philly cheesesteak, and red beans and rice.

“We are starting out with a smaller menu, so that our cooks can get used to the menu,” she said. “In the winter, we will have soup and bread bowls.”

Caldwell said they also have specialty salads, which include gator meat, shrimp, oysters, chicken and steak, with topping such as bleu cheese and cranberries.

“At night, we serve fresh steaks and seafood,” she said.

Caldwell said they use a market out of Louisiana for the fresh seafood.

“We use top of the line steaks,” she said. “Nothing is frozen. We have ribeye, file mignon, steak tips, sirloin and we serve shrimp.”

They will also have soft-shell crab and scallops.

Another feature is a fresh market selection each week.

“This week it’s mullet,” she said. “And we have fresh from the Gulf seafood.”

Caldwell said they will incorporate some Cajun dishes into the menu as well.

“We’ll have etouffee,” she said. “We are going to get with our customers and see what they want to see in Opp. We want to see what we can bring to Opp.”

Gator is one of the biggest sellers they have had, so far.

“Steaks have also been selling like crazy,” she said.

Caldwell is joined in the business by her husband, Kirk, and her daughters, Brittany Rutherford and Kalie Rutherford.

Caldwell said they are blessed to open this business in Opp, and the people of Opp have been very supportive of their venture.

“We just want bless others,” she said.

Caldwell said she’s managed a couple of restaurants in North Alabama and had Kickers on Hwy. 29.

“On Thursday we started a Facebook page,” she said. “There you will be able to see what our daily specials are.”

Hours of operation are Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., and Saturday 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. They will serve breakfast on Saturday mornings.

On Sunday they will have home-style meals with meat and three vegetables and their specialty sandwiches and salads menu will be available. They will close at 2 p.m.

Additionally, Caldwell said they are renovating the courtyard, and adding tables and lights so that people can eat outside at night.

Plans are in the works to add big TVs during football season.

The courtyard will eventually be used for parties.

For questions or to call-in an order, phone 334-764-6006.