The steaks are high

Upscale steakhouse butters up La Cantera Heights with new restaurant

Upscale steakhouse butters up La Cantera Heights with new restaurant

Redlands Grill
Redlands Grill is beefing up the restaurant options at La Cantera Heights. Redlands Grill/Facebook

It took over two decades to get there, but upscale restaurant group J. Alexanders Holdings is finally opening a second restaurant in San Antonio. On April 29, the Nashville-based company announced it is bringing its Redlands Grill concept to the La Cantera Heights shopping center in the first half of 2020.

The new eatery will be located near La Cantera Boulevard and Interstate 10. Since the area is still under development, an exact address has not yet been established.

“We're pleased to announce plans for our second J. Alexander’s/Grill concept in San Antonio,” said J. Alexander president and CEO Lonnie J. Stout II in the release. “This Redlands Grill will be the first developed from-the-ground-up under this concept.”

The company first eyed the Alamo City back in 1997 when it opened its namesake restaurant, J. Alexander’s, at 255 E. Basse Rd. It has remained popular for serving steakhouse fare like New York strips, ahi tuna steaks, and burgers in a clean, contemporary environment.

Expect more of the same from Redlands. Although the company did not release the final menu, the other 12 locations share many of the same dishes with the main brand, albeit with different names. Jumbo lump crab cakes, for example, are called Carolina or Redlands crab cakes depending on the sign on the door, but both feature chili mayonnaise, mustard sauce, and a side of fries. That all makes sense, since many Redlands locations are revamped J. Alexander restaurants.

The ambiance designed by Minneapolis-based Shea Architects, however, is typically very different. While the San Antonio J. Alexander’s features fire engine red banquettes, oversized modern drum fixtures, and a geometric slatted wood ceiling, Redlands locations tend to feel a little more traditional with brick detailing and more Tudor-style beams.

Similarities or not, locals likely won’t mind. Even after more than two decades in business, the company’s original outpost in San Antonio hasn’t dipped below four stars on TripAdvisor, OpenTable, or Yelp.