Mona’s Italian-American Joint Shuttered, Now for Sale

Mona’s Italian-American Joint Shuttered, Now for Sale
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Popular Hill Restaurant Closes a Day Earlier than Planned

St. Louis, MO/September 6, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – It’s always a little sad when a favorite restaurant or bistro closes its doors.  Customers of Mona’s Italian-American Joint at 5257 Shaw in St. Louis met the announcement that the restaurant was closing after less than a year on the Hill by taking the opportunity to dine there one last time.  So many customers did this that owner Brendan Marsden had to move up the closing date from September 3rd to Saturday, September 2nd because of low supplies.

Mona’s might have had the classic checkered tableclothed look of some of the traditional Italian restaurants on the Hill, but not the classic Italian menu.  With so many authentic Hill eateries offering grandma’s handmade ravioli, Marsden knew his place would need to be a little different.  So, Mona’s served his unique take on Italian-American cuisine.  The menu was casual, with great pops of flavor and influences from Italy, Spain, and New Orleans.  From the crispy Roman-style pizzas (available in red or white) to the spaghetti with sundried tomatoes and bacon, the menu was unique for the Hill and for St. Louis.  It’s not surprising customers flocked to Mona’s for another plate of those warm garlic knots with provolone fondue and tomato confit, or for one last Muffaletta pizza.  Marsden says the restaurant was doing well when he decided to close.

The restaurateur had announced his plans to close Mona’s just last Friday.  In a release first reported by St. Louis Magazine, Marsden called the decision to close the restaurant a difficult one.  He said juggling the needs of his young family and his growing Clayton restaurant and catering business, Whitebox Eatery, necessitated the change.  “Balancing everything can be stressful,” he said.  “I’ve chosen to lighten my load and focus my attention on what’s most important to me.”

Mona’s Italian-American Joint had opened last October in the space that had been Marsden’s Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant.  He had operated the Spanish-influenced restaurant on the Hill for about 15 years before closing it last year to open Mona’s.  This time, he won’t be opening a new eatery in the space.  Marsden has already listed the business for sale with broker Ray LaBlanc of Murphy Business & Financial Corporation.  Those interested in buying the turnkey restaurant should call (636) 728-0688.

According to the restaurant’s website, Mona’s guests who have an unredeemed gift card should email to receive a refund.  Those with unredeemed Groupon certificates should contact Groupon directly to get their money back.


By Susan Smith-Harmon – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC


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She began her career in public radio while still a student at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (where she earned a B.A. in Communications). She soon made the jump to news/talk radio, handling assignments from field reporting, airborne traffic, and news anchor, to producing and hosting daily talk shows. She’s also worked in television, most recently as the inaugural producer for The Allman Report on KDNL-TV 30, and as a news writer and reporter for national and international newswire services.