Scratch Steakhouse opens Carrollton location

Scratch Steakhouse opens Carrollton location

Scratch Steakhouse and Lounge, a popular restaurant in Louisville, now has a second location in the former Bluebird Restaurant at 190 Alamo Road SE, Carrollton.

Owner Demond Germany heard about Bluebird Restaurant, formerly located at Bluebird Farm Park, from a customer and drove down to take a look.

Aesthetically speaking, he admits, “I initially had my reservations,” especially when it came to the “older tables and chairs” and the overall look of the restaurant. That changed when “the park (board) purchased new chairs and we decided to put tablecloths on the tables to give the restaurant a more modern look.”

While he kept some of the historic photos of Carroll County on the walls of the historic farmhouse, he also added pictures of the Scottish Highlands, which are featured in his logo.

Scratch’s menu includes pastas, seafood, grilled pork chops, hand-crafted cocktails and an extensive wine list as well as a nice selection of steaks: filet, flatiron, tomahawk, sirloin and two cuts of strip and ribeye. Germany noted that “our steaks are aged 21 to 28 days.”

The menu also features an appetizer called “potato bombs,” shredded potatoes mixed with cream cheese, onions and seasonings and then deep fried. Red-headed potato bombs include pulled pork, cheese and barbecue sauce or they can be ordered loaded with cheese and bacon.

When it comes to barbecue, Germany prefers the Kansas City style. “It has a more robust wood flavor with its mesquite wood chips,” he explained.

“Our seafood is flown in by FedEx overnight (from New York),” Germany explained. “By the time it gets here, it has not been out of the water more than 16 hours.”

In order to ensure that ingredients are as fresh as possible, Germany has partnered with Burgett Farms in Carrollton and Ellington Farms in Louisville to provide beef for his restaurants. He is presently looking for a secondary partner for the Carrollton location and encourages those who are interested to call the restaurant or message Germany on the Scratch Facebook page.

Germany’s love of food began early. Growing up in Cleveland Heights, he honed his skills in his family’s kitchen. “By the time I was 13, my mom would buy what she wanted me to make for dinner,” he said, acknowledging that not all his youthful efforts were successful.

He has been cooking in restaurants since he was 14 and graduated from culinary school in 1999. Prior to opening Scratch in Louisville, he lived and worked from Detroit to Pittsburgh.

“Our focus is on great food, not just good food,” Germany said. “If you do not go ‘wow’ when you eat it, then it’s not going on the menu.” For those new to Scratch, Germany recommends trying his champagne chicken and shrimp, his signature pasta and, of course, the dry-aged ribeye.

Germany looks forward to becoming a part of the Carrollton community and working with area businesses and organizations. He has plans to work with two local organizations to give employment to the disabled.

The restaurant can seat 77 in the winter and 130 with patio seating during the summer. The restaurant is following all COVID protocols including spacing seating to allow social distancing.

Scratch is open 4-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and closed Sunday. Germany hopes to expand hours and days of operation later this year.

Reservations are suggested and may be made by going to www.scratchsteakhouseandlounge.com, or by calling 330-627-7980.

Those who prefer take-out, may order online at the website and pick up in the lounge on the ground floor of the restaurant.