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Old Standard Fried Chicken

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Old Standard Fried Chicken: a St. Louis staple for hearty, soul-warming fried chicken closed its doors at the beginning of August. Old Standard Fried Chicken, the Botanical Heights spot that helped ushered in a high-end craze for the once humble fried chicken, officially closed their service doors after a final dinner Sunday, July 31. Ben Poremba, the owner of the chicken fried mecca, issued a press release along with the closure, expressing his gratitude and fond memories of operating out of such a wholesome and supportive community.

Poremba, who also owns Elaia and Olio in the neighborhood, as well as owning La Patisserie Choquette and Parigi in Clayton, said in the release that he planned to reveal “an exciting new concept for the location” in the coming weeks.

“We want to thank our employees for their commitment to the restaurant, in addition to the hard work and service that they’ve shown since we opened our doors. We also want to thank our customers and friends for their support and patronage. While we’ve had a great time and have valued this experience, we’re making this tough decision in good conscience,” Poremba said in the release.


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