By Brian O'Shea   Published May 19, 2003 at 5:46 AM

One might not expect to find a restaurant nestled adjacent to a business park, but that's exactly where you'll find the Jackson Grill.

Located about a mile south of Miller Park (3736 W. Mitchell St.), the Jackson Grill opened its doors last December, and mood set in this quaint eatery can be summed up in one word: relaxed.

Owned and operated by James "Jimmy" Jackson and his wife, Heidi Schmidt, they say their goal is to create a tranquil, pleasant environment upon entry.

"The idea when you come in is to not think anymore," Schmidt says. "People are done with work and they just want to relax."


To set the mood, the owners decorated the restaurant with simple, beige walls, lined with framed autographs of former baseball players who used to frequent Jackson's father's restaurant, The Monkey Puzzle. They added a splash of color to the scene with Schmidt's collection of colored glass vases that line the windows and the bar.

The tranquility extends to the restaurant's background music, consisting of old classics from artists like Frank Sinatra through Michael Feinstein.

"The rowdiest we get here would be to play Ella Fitzgerald," says bartender Linnie Perez.

Seating is modest, with only 10 small tables. Every choice on the menu is homemade, even the soup, which changes daily. The lunch menu is made up mostly of sandwiches including chicken, steak, pork chops and Italian sausage. All sandwiches include fries or coleslaw.

Dinner entrees include pastas, steaks, ribs and a different seafood special daily. On average, lunches run about $10 and dinners about twice that.

There's no TV, jukebox, pool tables, or dart boards at the Jackson Grill. It's just a quiet place to come and relax and enjoy a homemade meal. That, and it's also home to Wisconsin's largest Siberian Elm tree.

The Jackson Grill is a relaxing option close to the ballpark. For hours and more information, call (414) 384-7384.