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Mercer Street Grill in Hightstown - anyone try it yet? (with fun backstory!)


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Mercer Street Grill in Hightstown - anyone try it yet? (with fun backstory!)

wereboar | Dec 26, 2011 10:37 AM

So there's a new venture in this location, which has to be one of the more doomed spots for a restaurant that I've ever seen. When I first got to Hightstown the place was the Slow Down Cafe, a mysterious coffee joint that was barely open (I think it was only open weekdays 9-4 p.m., seriously). That eventually went under, and was replaced with - of all things - a Thai noodle place, called Da's Thai Noodles.

When Da's opened all you had to do was glance at it and you knew it was never going to last. The owners did very little to change the decor from the previous use, so it looked like the Slowdown suddenly went under new management and added Thai food to the coffeehouse menu. Apparently the owners felt the location was too small to be successful, and they've since moved to Hopewell.

Which leads us to the mysterious Mercer Street Grill. No website yet. It's closed Mondays. My wife and I have peered through the windows, and it looks like it's a New American cuisine attempt with emphasis on steaks. The restaurant is TINY so I'm highly skeptical that this is going to last. I mean, you don't really think of downtown Hightstown when you're in the mood for steaks, do you?

One of the fascinating things about this location is that years ago, a woman was murdered in the apartment above the restaurant. My wife thinks the location has been subsequently cursed/haunted. Now personally I think haunted food tastes better but I haven't mustered up the courage to try Mercer Street Grill. So any info would be appreciated!

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