New Restaurant Opens 1st MD Location, Replaces Gordon Biersch In Annapolis


J. Alexander’s opened Monday in the Annapolis Town Center. The eatery, pictured above on Sept. 1 before it opened, replaced Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant. (Jacob Baumgart/Patch)

ANNAPOLIS, MD - A contemporary American restaurant on Monday opened its first Maryland location in the Annapolis Town Center. 

The new eatery, J. Alexander's, offers wood-fired cuisine. It replaced Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, which closed in February. Parent company SPB Hospitality owns both J. Alexander's and Gordon Biersch. 

“We are incredibly excited to bring our hospitality to the Annapolis community and to be opening our first J. Alexander’s of the year right here in Maryland,” SPB Hospitality CEO Josh Kern said in a press release. “Our team is committed to crafting great tasting cuisine that is paired with extraordinary service to ensure that each guest is enjoying a high-quality dining experience.”

This is the 36th J. Alexander's in the U.S. Photos of the grand opening are posted here. A video is available at this link.

The dine-in and carryout menu features prime rib, steaks, seafood, sandwiches, entrée salads and more. 

Highlights include appetizers like the avocado bomb with tuna, main courses like filet mignon with bearnaise and desserts like the homemade carrot cake. 

There's also a full-service bar that offers wines by the glass and bottle.

This is a shift from the brewery-restaurant at Gordon Biersch.

“The change has to do with the trade area and the fact that this location is ideal for a J Alexanders vs a brewery restaurant in Gordon Biersch,” Kern told Patch in a February email when the switch was announced. “While the Gordon Biersch concept is near and dear to our hearts, changes in consumer trends is something we constantly review, and we believe this change will [be] better for our guests.”

The J. Alexander's hours are:

  • Sunday through Thursday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
  • Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Reservations are available on

Customers can call the restaurant at (410) 881-8830 or follow it on Facebook and Instagram.

The eatery is located at 1906 Towne Centre Blvd., Suite 155.

More information is posted at

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