The next piece in the new and growing downtown dining district will be the new location of Morton's The Steakhouse. It will move out of the lower level of Tower Place mall and re-open in the second floor of Carew Tower on August 6.
Unlike their original location, located in a basement, with the classic windowless, dark-wood steakhouse feel, the new location will have windows. In fact, it will be the first American Morton’s to have them, and they'll look over a full view of Fountain Square. (This makes sense to me--cozy is very outdated, and I think people would probably rather eat out in the open than in a secluded hideaway these days. It does make me wonder if anyone will ever take over the old Maisonette/LaNormandie space.)
Morton's will also feature a new wine room, and a new concept called Bar 1221, with a full menu of less-expensive bar food items, and two happy hours daily. There will be an entrance directly from Vine St., with both an elevator and a staircase. Like most of the new restaurants downtown, Morton's will be open for dinner nightly. In a year or so, there will be lots of options for downtown eating on Sunday night, even for lunch on Saturday, which is one of the most encouraging things about all the new restaurant activity.