National Steakhouse Chain, Capital Grille, Filling Empty J. Buck’s in Clayton
Clayton, MO/June 22, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Plans to add a new steakhouse to the former J. Buck’s site in downtown Clayton are advancing. J. Buck’s had announced the closing of the Clayton restaurant (along with Joe Buck’s Restaurant downtown) in October 2015. In April, Orlando-based Darden Restaurants Inc. filed plans with the city’s Architectural Review Board to create a nearly 9,000-square foot, ground-floor restaurant at 101 South Hanley. The restaurant, The Capital Grille, will be the latest in Darden’s national chain of upscale steakhouses.
Darden is investing $2.5 M in the project construction of which is nearing completion now. When finished, the restaurant will be a sleek, modern design. The new restaurant will include the old J. Buck’s footprint on the north side of the Hanley Corporate Tower, plus an additional 2,600-square foot area that used to be part of the plaza. The project includes a complete rebuild of the old restaurant space and is expected to be finished in time to open in July. Staffing ahead of opening is underway. The Capital Grille is currently recruiting staff for the new steakhouse in Clayton. Applications are being accepted on the company’s website for sous chef and restaurant manager for the new restaurant.
Once open, it will be the fourth steakhouse in downtown Clayton. There’s Ruth’s Chris in the west (1 N Brentwood Blvd), Morton’s to the south (7822 Bonhomme Ave.), and 801 Chophouse to the east (137 Carondelet Plaza). The Capital Grille’s location on the north end of downtown will create a steakhouse ring around the city center. It will be the first restaurant for The Capital Grille in the St. Louis area, and the second in Missouri. There is a Capital Grille in Kansas City (4740 Jefferson Street) in the Plaza, as well as three in Chicago (downtown, Lombard, and Rosemont). The company’s website lists 56 U.S. locations spread across 25 states and the District of Columbia, plus one in Mexico City.
The Capital Grille restaurants are generally well regarded in their markets. Customers praise the high quality of their food, their well-curated wine lists, attentive service, and attractive facilities. The steaks are dry aged and hand-cut in each restaurant. Customers also rave about the fresh seafood, creative sides, and scratch-made desserts. Some popular menu items include the All-Natural Herb Roasted Chicken, Bone-In Ribeye, and the Dry Aged Porterhouse. One other feature of The Capital Grill is that most locations are open Thanksgiving Day. They are closed on July 4th, Christmas Day, and—on an unofficial national holiday—Super Bowl Sunday.
The Capital Grille was founded in 1990 in Providence, Rhode Island. Already a small chain of restaurants, it was acquired by Darden Restaurants along with RARE Hospitality in 2007. Specialty Restaurant Group, a division of Darden operates The Capital Grille restaurants today. Among Darden Restaurants Inc. other holdings are Longhorn Steakhouse and Olive Garden restaurants.