Now Open: Prime Rib Grill by Hereford House

The Prime Rib Grill opened on Tuesday night

​Things didn’t work out for poor Paddy O’Quigley’s Pub and Grille at the corner of Walnut and 20th Street, so restaurateur Rod Anderson — who had previously operated the two-story building as a catering facility called The Hollywood Room — decided to open a steakhouse in the space.

The new restaurant, The Prime Rib Grill by Hereford House officially opened to the public on Tuesday night; longtime Anderson Restaurant Group manager Todd Brooks oversees the operation and Chris Jones is the executive chef.

Anderson reportedly no longer has an interest in the building one block to the west of The Prime Rib Grill — the building that once housed the original Hereford House, which was destroyed in a fire last year. The blaze was later determined to be caused by a mysterious arsonist, and that building is apparently slated for demolition.

Anderson, who closed the Hereford House venue in Lawrence last year, has spent some dough on re-habbing the former Hollywood Room. The dark, comfortable interior evokes the old Hereford House (and includes a few pieces of artwork salvaged from the fire) although the menu boasts fewer steaks and focuses on slow-roasted prime rib, seafood, poultry and sandwiches.

The signs on the building still say it’s The Hollywood Room, but new signs and an elaborate piece of art — visible for many blocks — are to be installed by next week, Brooks says.

The Prime Rib Grill is open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and 4-10 p.m. Saturdays.

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