Metro Grill II coming soon

Michael Gonzalez of Metro Grill.

Michael Gonzalez of Metro Grill.

Wow. I feel like I’ve been gone forever, but not forever enough.

Christmas break is over and now it’s time for a little 2011-style restaurant news. Several of you have been asking me for months now when Michael Gonzalez, famous for his amazing food court fare at Towne East Square, would open his Metro Grill II.

He originally planned a Rock Road location, but that deal fell through, so he decided to move the concept to Andover, where he and his family live.

Gonzalez now tells me he’s planning to open the new space at 321 S. Andover Road around Jan. 15. Metro Grill II, which will seat about 40, will have a menu very similar to the the mall’s but will have an extra feature Gonzalez is excited about. On Sunday evenings, he’ll take customers by reservation only and will cook an off-the-menu five-course meal that really shows off his culinary talents.

Metro Grill will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays. Sundays will be a reservation only affair. I’ll update you when Gonzalez chooses a firm opening date.