New hours, new brunch menu, and new ownership

Happy almost Spring neighbors!

Hooray for Spring! In anticipation of Patio-weather, we’re now opening at 4 pm on Fridays (so folks can enjoy the beautiful weather, the new dog-park and water feature in the Park) to get a jump on the weekend. We’re also now open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays – with a menu of eggs, quiches, french toast, Monte Cristos, peanut butter and banana stuffed French toast, bacon and other breakfast foods as well as our regular sandwiches and brunch drink specials! Come on over starting at 10 am both days! Right now we’re closing at 3 pm on Sundays but will stay open later as it gets warmer.  Lunch menu

I’m also excited to introduce Dale Williams, our chef, GM, smarty-pants, etc. Long story somewhat shorter – so, as most folks know, we opened this restaurant because we wanted a place in our neighborhood – walking distance from our house – where we could: meet our neighbors, bring the kids after work and not have to cook or listen to them complain; have a glass of wine while the kids were fed and get to catch up with old friends; build community – not necessarily in that order. To that end, the restaurant worked. Folks are meeting each other, community is being built and I bring the kids to get dinner when I cannot face the kitchen after working a full day at my job.

What has been a problem is that I’m not a restauranteur. I give hugs and pep talks and am in love with spreadsheets and have a lot of cats and love the City of St. Louis and give more hugs. That’s about it. Being a leader is not even close to a strength… which has been evident in most of the problems that we’ve had in the restaurant.

Dale came to the rescue in October – driving for 2 days from Alaska to be in the kitchen on his first day in town – and was immediately able to put a menu into place that works with the kitchen we have and with the vision of being an amenity to the neighborhood. He shares our values and concerns and love for this restaurant and this community. He is one of the most genuinely decent people I’ve had the privilege to know, as well as one of the nicest and most caring.

I am honored, grateful and giddy to announce that he will be becoming a partner in this project. While he’ll be heading to Alaska for a bit, he will be returning to St. Louis to be the day-to-day, hands-on co-owner of the restaurant. He brings with him 20 years of experience both managing restaurants as well as having cooked in some of the finest restaurants in America.

Please say hi to him before he leaves – his birthday is March 7th so a “happy birthday” or “congratulations” would sure be appreciated (and embarrassing to him, which is also fun for me) and he leaves the 16th for a few months (although he’ll still be actively managing via phone). Give him a “hi” if you see him!