Private Kitchen, Fork & Stix, Gamlin Creating New Ventures
St. Louis, MO/March 31, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – So often when we write about rapid change within the St. Louis restaurant industry, we are sadly lamenting the loss of one eatery to make room for another. This week, the changes are all about plans for new ventures that promise to bring St. Louis new flavors and new fun!
St. Louis is atwitter about a new Thai restaurant coming to the MX Building (Mercantile Exchange) downtown later this year. The news broke via Twitter (https://twitter.com/stlrainbow/status/846495471954747392 ) that the owners of Fork & Stix, the acclaimed Thai restaurant in the Delmar Loop are working on plans to do just that. Fork & Stix owner Phatcharin Wanna has confirmed plans for a second restaurant downtown. He tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the new restaurant won’t be called For & Stix, but will offer a broad menu of foods from different regions of Thailand. Look for it to open in July.
When the owner of one of the best new restaurants in St. Louis decides to add a casual venue next door, local diners should take notice. Chef Lawrence Chen’s reservation-only, fine dining Chinese restaurant Private Kitchen became an instant favorite among St. Louis diners when it opened in 2015. Now, Chen and wife and Private Kitchen co-owner Ellen are planning a new, casual takeout restaurant right next door. Private Kitchen will continue to offer its special pre-selected, fresh tastings at 8106 Olive Blvd. in University City. The new place at 8110 Olive Blvd. will be called St. Louis Soup Dumplings. Chen told the Riverfront Times that he and Ellen “just wanted to do something casual.” The menu is still a work in progress, but will include various kinds of soup dumplings, including Private Kitchen’s famous soup dumplings.
There’s still no specific opening date set for Gamlin Restaurant Group’s 1764 Public House, but construction of the Central West End pub is well underway at the corner of West Pine Blvd. and Euclid Avenue, and it is expected to open sometime this spring. 1764 (named to honor St. Louis’ founding) will be an upscale, casual establishment, similar to the group’s other two restaurants Sub Zero Vodka Bar at 308 N. Euclid Ave. and Gamlin Whiskey House at 236 N. Euclid. Besides dinner and late-night service, the new pub will offer breakfast and lunch too. Gamlin Group proprietor Derek Gamlin says they’re holding off on announcing an expected opening date because of the complexity of creating a new place from the ground up. “As with any new business, there are a lot of pieces in motion. We want to make sure we have the details in place,” Gamlin said. Both Sub-Zero and Gamlin Whiskey House have received national accolades, including being named Best Vodka Bar and one of the Best Whiskey Bars in the country by USA Today, so expectations for this new venture are justifiably high.
With new restaurants popping regularly, St. Louis’ dining scene keeps getting brighter. Good news for hungry diners across the metro area.