Duluth Business Spotlight: Duluth Rexall Grill

Regular customers, unique menu items and retro decor give the restaurant a special flavor.

Rhonda Timms, left, chats with a customer. (Credit: Steve Burns.)
Rhonda Timms, left, chats with a customer. (Credit: Steve Burns.)
The slogan on the back of the T-shirts at Duluth Rexall Grill says it all: "What happens at the grill stays at the grill."

And plenty happens at the Duluth Rexall Grill -- and some of it is actually about food.

The iconic eatery with the soda fountain touch on Buford Highway soon will celebrate its 45th anniversary. There are some war stories, but it still manages to be open seven days a week, and to have enough appeal to serve as a popular gathering place.

"A lot of business transpires" at the grill, noted Brooks Coleman, the Georgia House representative who lives in Duluth. Coleman holds town hall meetings at the grill on Saturday mornings, and is fond of the No. 1 breakfast (eggs, grits).

Current owner Lynda Alley bought the grill in 1998. A pharmacist by trade, she also owns the adjoining Rexall pharmacy.

Although regular customers are not hard to come by, Alley notes that running the restaurant is hard work.

"(Food) costs have gone up, but because of the economy, we can't increase the price," she said. But she has no thoughts of selling.

Instead, there's the down-home touch. Menu items include pot roast and "taters." And now, there's an all you can eat special on Friday nights for catfish and chicken.

The grill opens for breakfast at 5:30 a.m. That means some workers arrive well before that to begin preparing biscuits from scratch, as well as other menu items.

Loyalty doesn't end with the customers. Alley noted that her manager, Danny Ray Sexton, has worked at the grill for 15 years, and that many of the employees also are long-timers.

-- What are your memories of the Duluth Rexall Grill? What are your favorite menu items? Tell us in the comments below.

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cfwelch53 December 31, 2013 at 08:32 AM
The Rexall Grill is wonderful! My favorite breakfast is the blueberry pancakes. And where else can you have breakfast on Saturday morning with Duluth's own Hometown Hero, Brooks Coleman!
Steve Burns (Editor) December 31, 2013 at 08:33 AM
Thanks for the comment.
Pamela Mozelle Tuggle December 31, 2013 at 08:47 AM
The Rexall Grill is THE place to meet and be with friends. The fried chicken is always delicious. I have created many memories of celebrating birthdays with special friends at the Rexall and I am proud of Danny Ray Sexton, a former student at B. B. Harris, who does a great job of managing the Grill. A special place in so many lives.
Carol Lawson December 31, 2013 at 09:35 AM
My Family and I have been going to the Rexall Grill since 1990 when we 1st moved to Duluth. It is our FAVORITE breakfast place to eat and when craving some delicious fried okra or squash lunch tooooo :) We love the Family atmosphere and Southern Hospitality, which is hard to find these days! Our Favorites listed: Mine: Gravy Biscuits w/ side of bacon -YUMMY! daughter's- grits and pancakes Son's- home fries and sausage Husband's- vegetable Soup w/ cornbread Mothers- strawberry Cake Fathers- pork tenderloins with biscuits & gravy Papa's - country ham, eggs & biscuits :) wasn't kiddin when I said it is a Family Favorite!! TY Rexall Grill for your kindness, hard work & dedication, you will always be one of our favorites!!


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