Cheez Gritz Grille moves to Red Level

Published 1:40 am Wednesday, March 14, 2018

There’s a new restaurant in Red Level but it’s not an unfamiliar one in the area.

The Cheez Gritz Grille’s first location was in Opp.

The restaurant moved to a building on the outskirts of Red Level on Highway 55.

“We relocated in hopes to get more business,” Kelly Caldwell, restaurant owner, said. “We wanted to attract more beach traffic.”

Caldwell hopes that with the more traffic that travels on Highway 55 to get to the beaches there will be more business.

The restaurant has a beach theme with décor and the slogan, “Eat like you’re at the beach.”

“We started remodeling the building three weeks ago,” Caldwell said.

The remodeling entailed removing an old buffet from a previous restaurant, The Middle Biscuit Café, and adding space for a sweets shop.

The sweets shop will serve all homemade desserts.

“We’re looking to have a pound cake bar, some cheesecake and we are also looking to serve desserts with lower carbs and sugars so that there are healthier alternatives.”

Caldwell has also said that there could be an option for breakfast coming soon.

There’s also delivery available for any order over $30 within a five-mile radius.

The restaurant is open Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays the business is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“We’re closed on Tuesdays,” Caldwell said.

The business opened last Thursday and was welcomed well by locals.

“Recently we had our soft opening, actually last Thursday.”

Caldwell said the opening went well and she feels positive about the new location.

“We haven’t seen a lot of the beach traffic yet, but I know there will be,” she said.

Caldwell said another reason was to bring something to Red Level.

“Red Level really didn’t have any places to eat,” she said.

“We also employ a lot of local students from Red Level, Straughn and Andalusia.”

Cheese Gritz serves BBQ, alligator meat, Gulf shrimp, steak and plenty other food items.

“We get our shrimp from a market in Pensacola every week. It’s 100 percent Gulf shrimp. We also have authentic poboys out of New Orleans. There’s also our prime grade certified angus prime,” Caldwell said.

Caldwell says there is something for everyone.

“We have a little bit of something for everyone and I think people will really enjoy our food.”

Caldwell owns this restaurant with the help of her husband, Kirk Caldwell, and two daughters; Brittany Rutherford and Kalie Rutherford.