New rooftop Italian restaurant Marcellus announced for downtown Brunswick
August 6—Chris Grantt hopes to open his new restaurant by the end of the year—and it could be Brunswick’s first rooftop restaurant.
Located in the Kress building on Newcastle Street, it will be called Marcellus, which – like his other city center food business, Reid’s Apothecary – is named after a family member. He is named after his great-great-great-grandfather, Marcellus Clay.
Clay was of Italian descent but was American and spent much of his life in New Orleans, Louisiana and Texas.
“I dug deep into our family and learned a lot about Marcellus,” Gantt said. “He was the original Reid’s father.”
Gantt’s family has a long, unbroken line of sons with the first or middle name Reid, and with Reid’s apothecary, he wanted to make sure the legacy lives on in some form. The same goes for Marcellus, the Italian restaurant, preserving some of Clay’s Italian heritage.
The menu is being developed – or evolving, as Gantt puts it – but it will be northern Italian dishes, lots of pasta and steaks with seafood.
“Think of a fresh steak, amid tapas and pasta around the table, you can mix and match,” Gantt said.
The menu will always be seasonal and fresh, he says, sourced as locally as possible.
The idea for Italian cuisine came from the fact that options are limited in the Golden Isles. He has nothing against Dave Snyder’s Tramici on St. Simons Island, but he’s all about promoting Brunswick.
He hopes to provide the city with more good food and good values.
By good values, he means a few things. One is to be kind to your employees and the other is to give back to the community that supports your business.
“Brunswick deserves so much more than what we’re giving them right now,” Gantt said. “That’s what we mean by good values.
Tommy McGraw, the owner of the building, had not returned a request for comment as of 1:30 p.m.
McGraw, a Charleston, South Carolina-based businessman and Glynn Academy graduate, purchased the former Kress building in 2021. Now branded as The Kress, the building’s social media page features it as a “conscious renovation of the historic Kress Building in downtown Brunswick, GA, showcasing the unique.”
He told The News last year that a climbing gymnasium had been set up on the first floor, built in 1909 as a fivepenny department store. The second floor had been designated for residences, he told The News at the time.