With an authentic Tex-Mex menu and a collection of more than 100 artisan tequilas and mezcals, the new Cactus Grille & Tequila Bar is bringing border cuisine to The Shops of Donald Ross Village. Owned and operated by Jupiter family Jason and Beth Brown and their children Jordan, Olivia, and Callahan, the restaurant was inspired by the family’s original Cactus Grille in Providence, Rhode Island. The renovation of the former Burger Bar space includes a new dining room, bar, lounge, 20-seat private dining room, and outdoor terrace. “Our vision is for Cactus Grille & Tequila Bar to be a destination—a place for families to gather for a great meal and for friends to gather for the great atmosphere,” says Jordan.
The menu blends inventive tacos and burritos with entrées such as Mexican seafood stew and paper-wrapped Scottish salmon. The tequila list includes a full range of expressions from producers such as Casa Noble, Clase Azul, Don Julio, and Patron, along with a wide range of mezcal from boutique distilleries. Guests may design their own flight for $30 by combining three one-ounce pours. Jay Cross is the general manager, and the kitchen is helmed by veteran Bill Rosenberg, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and most recently executive chef at NoMa Social in New Rochelle, New York. Rosenberg brings several decades of experience to the task of re-creating the Brown family recipes and adding innovations of his own. His favorite combination? Don Julio Añejo with the chicken a la pimientos (chicken breast with toasted garlic, pickled chilis, fresh lemon juice, white wine, and parsley butter.