Derek Emerson, who owns Walker’s Drive-In, Local 463 Urban Kitchen and CAET Wine Bar, will begin making preparations this week to purchase downtown Jackson restaurant Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St., 601-360-0090). The move comes after former owner Matthew Kajdan took a job as the executive chef at Estelle Wine Bar & Bistro, which will open later this year in the Westin Jackson hotel.
“This is something I had actually considered doing about five years ago when Craig Noone, the original owner of Parlor Market, passed away,” Emerson says. “I spoke to Mart and Laura Lamar, the building owners and good friends of mine, back then and asked if they needed help, but didn’t end up buying the place at the time. Now that Matthew Kajdan is going to the Westin, they contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in taking over Parlor Market, and this time I decided to go through with it.”
Emerson is working on a revised menu for Parlor Market and hopes to have it finished by July. The restaurant will remain open and operating as usual in the meantime, and Emerson does not plan to change the business’ name. Michael Greenhill, the executive chef at Walker’s; Robert and Lauren Rushton, the executive chef and general manager at Local 463, respectively; Effie Hubanks, the general manager at Walker’s; and Emerson’s wife, Jennifer Emerson, will all be part of the new management team at Parlor Market.
“I hope to introduce a new menu focused on local farms and produce while keeping staples like Parlor Market’s blue-plate lunch specials,” Emerson said. “I’m looking to expand the menu rather than rework it, and (to) keep carrying on what Craig Noone started for the residents of downtown Jackson. I want to make Parlor Market a place that is approachable to everybody and that has something for everyone.”
For more information, visit parlormarket.com.
Ribbon Cutting for The Grillehouse Steak & Seafood
Clint Boutwell, who is the owner and executive chef of The Grillehouse Seafood & Steaks, will host a ribbon cutting for the Madison location for his restaurant with Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler and Regional Manager Chris Burgess on Wednesday, May 24, at 4 p.m.
“We opened at the beginning of February this year, but we’ve just recently kicked up our ad presence on Facebook, radio and elsewhere,” Chris Kroeze, the restaurant’s head bartender and assistant manager, says. “This event is going to be our big breakout, just in time for football season.”
The ribbon cutting will feature free samples of seared steak bites, boom boom chicken bites, smoked gouda macaroni & cheese and grilled thick-cut bacon from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Happy-hour drink specials such as $4 house wines and martinis and $3 Michelob Ultras will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Boutwell, an Oxford native, opened the first Grillehouse in his hometown in 2012 and a second location in Fayetteville, Ark., a few years later. Kroeze told the Jackson Free Press that he hopes to open another location in Southaven by July of this year.
Grillehouse’s menu includes char-grilled ribeye, filet and strip steak, fried green tomatoes, crab cakes, fried mushrooms, soft-shell crab, grilled chicken breast, glazed shrimp skewers and more. On Sundays, Grillehouse offers a brunch menu that features eggs Benedict with buttermilk biscuits, sausage-and-cream-cheese casserole, shrimp and grits, fried chicken with gravy, and more. The bar features signature drinks made with fresh-picked herbs from the restaurant’s on-site garden.
The Grillehouse (1029 Highway 51 N., Suite A, Madison) is open Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The restaurant is also open Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for brunch, and reopens from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner. For more information, call 601-427-5824 or visit thegrillehouse.com.
Seafood R’evolution Introducing Tapas Menu
Seafood R’evolution (1000 Highland Colony Pkwy., Ridgeland) will introduce a new happy-hour tapas menu on Tuesday, May 30.
The tapas menu will be available Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and will feature small-plate items such as smoked brisket flatbread, crawfish boulettes, redfish ceviche, deviled eggs, shrimp sliders, shaved summer vegetable salad, $1 gulf oysters and more. Happy hour will also feature $2 domestic beers, $5 craft beers, $5 vodka or gin martinis, and $5 glasses of wine.
During the summer, Seafood R’evolution is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call 601-853-3474 or visit seafoodrevolution.com.