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Delaney Madison Grill to open this summer

Jim Marshall is turning the former Caruso's Italian Cafe into Delaney Madison Grill, set to open this summer. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)
Jim Marshall is turning the former Caruso’s Italian Cafe into Delaney Madison Grill, set to open this summer. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

Of the Keizertimes

Jim Marshall’s original plan wasn’t to use the middle names of two of his five daughters for his new restaurant.

It just worked out that Delaney Madison Grill sounded like a good name.

So what did Jennifer, Stephanie and Ashley think of the name honoring younger sisters Hallie Madison and Jordan Delaney?

“The others were on board, 100 percent,” Marshall said with a chuckle.

The sale of the former Caruso’s Italian Cafe at 5745 Inland Shores Way officially closed last Friday, May 30. Marshall, a Keizer resident with 42 years of experience in the restaurant industry, including 20 years in management at McGrath’s Fish House until this week, hopes to open his new restaurant in late July or early August.

Marshall is having a bar built for his new business. How long that takes will determine the opening date.

“As soon as it is done, we’ll open,” he said. “I’m committed to getting the bar built, otherwise I would do (the opening) in two weeks. I have the vendor selected for food. I have relationships 20 years in the making. I have great relationships with people, whether it be with maintenance, kitchen wares, dish machines. It’s healthy to have those relationships established.”

Marshall is used to spending 120 nights a year in hotels. Now, he will be working a minute-and-a-half from his Keizer home. Another big change: while he was vice president at McGrath’s, he had a boss. This time, he’s the boss.

“With McGrath’s, I opened or reopened 16 restaurants,” he said. “I definitely know the process. I am cautiously confident. I’m a humble guy. It’s important to listen to those around me. My goal here is to give people a Portland-style destination restaurant without having to drive to Portland.”