City Grocery came as the perfect realization of the concept John envisioned. Housed in a late nineteenth century livery stable on the Oxford square, the hardwood floors and the exposed brick walls provided the perfect backdrop for the vision he held. Casual elegance is the theme around which City Grocery has been built. Service that is well informed, professional, attentive and attractive without being pretentious or stuffy and food that is flavorful, fresh, accessible, creative and plentiful without all of the architectural absurdities that much of the contemporary fine dining frequently implies and not tied to any particular ethnic theme. Dishes designed around the classic technique in which John was schooled with a backbone of local and seasonal ingredients to personalize the offerings on the menu.