Now open: Anna Murdoc’s Cafe

Correction: An earlier version of the post misspelled Rodriguez.

Downtown workers have a new spot to stop for breakfast and lunch. Anna Murdoc’s Cafe opened a little more than a week ago in the space that previously held the Daily Grind in Sutton Place at 209 E. William.

The cafe is owned by the Rodriguez family, who also have The Red Barn at Lake Afton. It’s run mainly by Gerard Rodriguez, and the attractive new awnings feature a sketch of Gerard’s children – Annalisa, Angelina (whose nickname is Murdoc), and Jack.

Rodriguez, who is a trained pastry and sushi chef, helped put together a menu for Anna Murdoc’s that includes breakfast items such as burritos and biscuits and gravy, plus salads and sandwiches. The cafe also offers a daily special. Today’s, for example, is an open faced roast beef sandwich with green beans. On Fridays, they offer Red Barn barbecue. Lasagna and smothered burritos also are on the rotating specials list.

I stopped by this morning and was impressed by how pretty and big-city the cafe looked. It includes a nice outdoor patio, perfect for people watching. It has another big-city problem, too, in that parking on William and the surrounding blocks is hard to find, though Gerard’s sister, Belle, who was working this morning, says that the parking police are lenient with people who pull into the 15-minute loading zone in front of the restaurant to pick up to-go orders. The bulk of their business so far, she said, has come from the nearby Finney State Office Building.

Anna Murdoc’s hours are 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call 316-771-5051.