Grey Goose to add site in Midway

Less than a year after opening on Jefferson Street, The Grey Goose restaurant and bar is adding a second location, this one in Midway. Owner Keith Clark plans to open by mid-September in the former spot of Duggan's and The Black Tulip.

"It's done remarkably well," Clark said of The Grey Goose, "so much so that what I want to do is prove the concept."

The idea behind The Grey Goose is to be a neighborhood gathering spot with simple food like pizzas baked in a stone-hearth oven, as well as burgers and bar fare. The key, Clark said, is keeping the freshest ingredients and setting prices "that fit just about anybody's budget."

It's the latest restaurant and bar move for Clark, who co-founded Cheapside Bar more than 25 years ago. He was co-owner with Robin Campbell for 22 years.

The Midway location, 133 East Main Street, was ideal because of its attractive patio and "an appearance that is sort of a New Orleans or Southern ... feel," Clark said. "It's very attractive, and Midway is right on the interstate."

Not only that, he said, but the city has a strong culture of patronizing area restaurants.

He said the only change he envisions is perhaps a slightly broader offering of entrees, including maybe a fish sandwich.

"I really want to stay true to this concept to see if it has the legs I think it has," he said. "It's simplicity, but what we do, we do with the highest product."