If you’ve been driving by the vacant Country Life restaurant in Midtown for the last decade, wondering what’s going on in that rustic cottage, you’ll be glad to know that dining life is returning to 1919 Division St. Michael Tangredi, owner of the 2-year-old Tangredi’s Italian Kitchen on Elliston Place, will take over the building in January and hopes to launch Michael T’s: An American Grill in March.
Michael T’s will serve lunch and dinner with an Italian- and Asian-accented American menu. Expect a roster of items such as grilled shrimp with cilantro and cracked pepper, dumplings, seared tuna salad, oyster-artichoke soup (a Tangredi family recipe familiar to Italian Kitchen patrons), pasta, steaks and wood-fired pizzas. Sandwiches will be priced in the $10 range. Entrées will range from $13 to $28. There will also be a tank with live lobsters.
Tangredi, whose family is steeped in the restaurant business in Birmingham, will shuttle back and forth between the Italian Kitchen and Michael T’s. While there will be some overlap between the two menus, Michael T’s will have a sit-down bar and will serve beer—unlike the original Tangredi’s, which is located too close to a school (the Princeton Review is next door) to get a beer license.