Lutz’ BBQ* of Jefferson City is coming to Columbia. A second outpost of the well-regarded ‘cue joint will open in the newly-vacated Blue Moon space on Nifong. They’re aiming for a June opening and would, likely from day one, become the best barbeque in town. Now if we could just lure Lonnie Ray’s down here…
* Note, it’s pronounced “LOOT-ziz.”
This morning on KFRU we discussed this and other restaurant news in Columbia. Here are the basics:
bleu at the Tavern
Training staff on wine and menu. Renovations (which appear to be blending the seemingly incongruous styles quite well) are speeding along apace. Staggered opening beginning early April; full opening mid-April. Check out their Facebook page for updates and pics.
The Oak Room
Menu will be upscale; steaks, seafood, pasta and RAW BAR! Hoping to open May 1. A sharp-eyed friend on Twitter noticed a couple of similarities to another establishment.
Red and Moe Trattoria II?
Very early stages at this point, but Red and Moe chef Trey Quinlan is looking to open a full-service, seasonal Italian restaurant in the same space on North 9th Street. They’re shooting for something along the lines of a reincarnation of Trattoria Strada Nova (including that nice bar in the back). Trey is aiming for a fall 2012 opening. Eric Reuter, who provided Red and Moe with much of the produce, has the goods in greater detail.
The long-closed Japanese/sushi joint is nearing a reopening date. They’ve redone the roof and interior, but the menu may not change much.
Chef-co-owner Bryan Maness is quietly turning Broadway Brewery into one of Columbia’s best places to eat. It’s getting bigger too, expanding into the old Root Cellar space next door. They’ll have more seating, a less-cramped kitchen and an area for live music (but will be closed from this Sunday after brunch until the following Friday).
South of Town
Has relocated about 500 feet west on Nifong.
Is situated in its new digs at the old Buffalo Wild Wings location.
Is currently installing floors for their third shop at the former Southside Pizza location.
Newly-opened in the Gerbes parking lot on Nifong, this chain boasts nice fries and solid, hot sandwiches. The Italian and reuben were both excellent on a recent lunch visit. People seem to really dig the Philly cheese as well.
Cheddar’s Casual Cafe
The vacated Chevy’s building (as well as an adjacent car wash) will be razed to make way for Texas-based, classied-up (?) Applebee’s chain Cheddar’s Casual Cafe.
Eh, I think that one’s been covered.