Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. has more than 200 members, representing a variety of business sectors. Each month we will be featuring a different business member. Take a few minutes to learn about some of the amazing businesses that support our mission of making downtown clean, safe, and vital!
Business Name: Haute Quarter Grill
Name: Alex Perez
Tell us about your company.
In 1999 we opened our doors in Eagle River, AK as a family owned steak and seafood restaurant. We pride ourselves on using fresh, local ingredients in an old-world style by hand rolling our gnocchi and making things like stocks, sauces, and bread from scratch. For 18 years Haute Quarter Grill has used local Alaskan products whenever possible. We are proud to use produce from VanderWeele Farms in Palmer, fresh pasta from the Alaska Pasta Company in Anchorage, craft beers from throughout the State of Alaska and the freshest seafood from Alaskan waters. It’s important to us to support our local community! In 2014, we relocated to downtown Anchorage just a block away from the performing arts center.
What was the inspiration for opening your business?
At 12 years old, I witnessed my uncle making a cake from scratch and that set me on a path of learning the basics of good cooking from people like George Chrimat, owner of Villa Nova in Anchorage. He taught me to be passionate about letting a single ingredient shine. After 11 years at Simon & Seafort’s, it was time to start a place of my own highlighting the amazing flavors Alaska has to offer. My goal was to open a place for locals to gather and enjoy good food and great wine! I started in this industry as a dishwasher and feel incredibly grateful for all the people who have contributed to the success of my restaurants today.
Why did you choose downtown?
Truth be told it was a bittersweet move to our current downtown location. We love our Eagle River roots, but our kitchen was just too small! When the opportunity to have a larger venue in the previous location of the Historic Downtown Deli presented itself we jumped at the opportunity to start something new in a spot with such rich history for the community of Anchorage. Our downtown location gave us the ability to create a restaurant with wood from Delta Junction to create a rustic yet sophisticated feel where locals can enjoy an after work cocktail or an early dinner before a show.
What is your favorite thing about Downtown?
Every summer we open our patio and get to enjoy the truly amazing energy & diversity of the city. There is nothing better than enjoying a local brew and fresh Alaskan salmon in the sunshine while listening to live music being played across the street in Peratrovich Park.
What is one thing you want people to know about your business?
Five days a week we offer a happy hour menu with some of the best small bites in town as well as craft cocktail menu with fun twists on the classics.