Jayme Braasch, General Manager
With its rustic feel, hard wood floors and abundant photographs capturing historic Beloit, Merrill & Houston’s has branded itself to tell a great story, but most importantly its focus is on the classic steakhouse with the highest of quality steaks and seafood with down to earth and attentive service that makes you feel like you are at your best friend’s home.
The interior décor represents Beloit and its entirety from the early days of Merrill & Houston to present time 2012. Orson Merrill and George Houston founded Merrill and Houston Iron Works in 1858, later named Beloit Ironworks in the 1890’s and eventually renamed the Beloit Corporation. The walls of the restaurant are dressed with photographs and artifacts embracing legendary stories, people and places representing the city of Beloit and all the great people that built it.
Though ideas were new to some in the construction of Merrill & Houston’s, much of the material used is old and truly enhance the meaning behind the concept. The bar was constructed from wood gathered from the torn down house that stood on the property of the Iron Works. Paneling and doors are what makes up the structure of the bar detailed to perfection down to the very door knobs restored to use as purse hooks beneath you.
The classic look, rustic theme and the uncompromised quality of the food and the service are the perfect recipe for an unforgettable night out.