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Ling & Louie's Expands to Meridian, Berryhill Branches Out Downtown

Rex Chandler and John Berryhill open new ventures

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Chef John Berryhill has confirmed two new additions to his popular downtown eatery Berryhill and Co., located at 121 N. Ninth St.

Berryhill is currently in the process of opening a new restaurant at 915 Idaho St., which he describes as, "Casual-eclectic and quick on-the-go cuisine with an emphasis on breakfast and lunch."

Also in the works is a separate bar/lounge beside Berryhill and Co. with "a couple of 50-inch plasmas, comfortable leather furniture and hipper tunes."

Check Cobweb on Thursday, Feb. 24, for a more in-depth interview with Berryhill about his new concepts.

Another downtown restaurateur who's expanding his empire is Rex Chandler, owner of Chandlers Steakhouse. Chandler is now partner and executive director of Ling & Louie's Asian Bar and Grill in Meridian, a small franchise described as "modern Asian cuisine meets traditional American comfort."

Ling & Louie's was founded in Denver by Randy Schoch in 2006 and has since branched out to Scottsdale and Chandler, Ariz., and Anchorage, Alaska. According to an interview with cnbc.com, Schoch hopes the restaurant's expansion to Meridian will be the start of a national trend.

"We believe we can take the Ling & Louie's concept nationwide and create some great opportunities for franchisees throughout the country," Schoch said.

The 6,843-square-foot joint promises to "sake bomb your senses with vibrant colors, classic rock and a fun staff" and will feature "bright colors complemented with dark wood and Asian murals and accents" and dishes like Ling's Meatloaf, the Evil Jungle Princess (wife to Mai Thai's Evil Jungle Prince?) and Black Orchid Ahi.

"We're still six weeks out before we open ... from my position, it's getting pretty intense," said Chandler. "It's really neat, we're getting really excited about it."

Ling & Louie's officially opens on Monday, April 4. 3210 E. Louise Drive, Meridian, 208-888-5000, lingandlouies.com.

In other, less chi-chi dining news, Red Room now offers a way to soak up all the PBR and pop punk rumbling around in your tattooed belly: grilled cheese on homemade rosemary focaccia.

Patrons can choose from a number of gooey options prepared at Locavore and cooked up on the George Foreman, including bacon cheddar, vegan eggplant, and turkey and gorgonzola cream cheese. Red Room is open and slinging GC's from 5 p.m.-2 a.m., seven days a week. 1519 W. Main St.

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