Our History

Memories are what the Courthouse Grille is all about.

This grand and historic Plymouth Township restaurant began its life as a typical 1890s farmhouse. In the 1930s Jacob Stremich converted his family home into The Hillside Inn. Since then it has had surprisingly few owners. The Hillside Inn, serving American fare, remained in the Stremich family until 1983 when current owner Sam Messina bought it. A short time later chef Ernesto DeMichelle joined Sam and they transformed it into Ernesto's, An Italian Country Inn. With Sam at the helm and Ernie's incredible talents in the kitchen Ernesto's thrived as both a restaurant and as a comfortable and convenient place for hosting business gatherings and family events. Many who are reading this have fond memories of attending a function here.

As we crossed into a new millennium and the world became a more casual place, so did we. The Courthouse Grille was born, a casual upscale restaurant. Our menu has slowly evolved to please the palates of today's diners offering more American comfort foods and fresh farm to table fares. As a salute to the past we still proudly feature many of Chef Ernesto's classic and wonderful dishes. After all, memories are what we are all about. Buon Appetito!