I passed by Varsity Grille today and noticed a sign announcing that it had reopened under new management with a new menu. Of course, I had to check it out.
One of the managers told me that after a few months on the Square (the restaurant has been open since early October), it became obvious that Oxford didn’t need another high-end steak and seafood restaurant. The current menu (which he said is likely to be tweaked again in the coming weeks) includes more affordable burgers and sandwiches. (At the time of this posting, the restaurant’s website had not been updated with the changes yet.)
The original interior has been toned down to reveal a more casual, friendly ambiance.
Time will tell if the changes–effective at the Tupelo location as well–will help or hinder the future success of Varsity Grille.
UPDATE 2/2/10: The new menu is scheduled to be online by the end of the week, but in the meantime, Varsity Grille has posted a newsletter, which talks about a $1 kid’s menu every Monday; the new decor that invites patrons to write on the walls (a la Taylor Grocery and Red House?); happy hour specials 2-7 everyday; and a coupon for a free appetizer (with purchase). Click here for the details.
UPDATE 2/5/10: The new menu is up. Click here to check it out.