February 27. 2012 10:47PM

New restaurant, 324 Grill, opens in Manchester

New Hampshire Union Leader

MANCHESTER — Aaron Sarette, owner of the old Cafe 324, has opened 324 Grill, at 488 S. Main St., near the intersection of Boynton and Woodbury streets.

The old Cafe 324 closed July 30 after 12 years in the Millyard. It took about five months to renovate and improve the 3,000-square-foot space ready, he said.

“We are doing American comfort food with kind of a twist,” Sarette said. For example, Cafe 324's shepherd's pie is made with steak instead of ground beef. “We rub the steak with a coffee and ancho (mild pepper) rub, still with mashed potatoes, but using green beans instead of using corn.

“We top that with an au jus pan sauce, and then it's sprinkled with asiago cheese,” he said.

Another whimsical item, Sarette said, is the EB MacCheesey, inspired by his daughter Elizabeth. The EB Mac-Cheesey is a grilled cheese sandwich with chicken and macaroni and cheese inside.

Opening in January, a traditionally slow month for restaurants, was a challenge, he said, but “we're moving in a positive direction and feel good about that.”

Sarette is in the process of obtaining a full liquor license for the restaurant, which will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. It seats 62. There are 16 employees, double the number at the old site.

Hours are Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. till 9 p.m., and Sunday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Delivery is offered 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, call 666-5432 or go to www.cafe324.com.