Richmond Heights Cajun/Creole Eatery Shuttered
St. Louis, MO/March 29, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) — It’s no secret that the restaurant industry is an ever changing one. Populations shift and customer tastes change. Still, it’s always a little sad when a once-favorite restaurant closes. That’s the reality for fans of Riverbend Restaurant & Bar at 1059 South Big Bend Blvd. in Richmond Heights. The owner, Sam Kogos closed the restaurant and the end of business Sunday, March 26.
Kogos had moved with his wife to her hometown, St. Louis after Hurricane Katrina struck his native New Orleans. He opened his Cajun-themed restaurant, Riverbend at 701 Utah in Soulard in 2010. His cousin, Chef Steve Daney followed him here from New Orleans to help out. The kitchen at the location just south of Anheuser Busch was tiny, but the food won high acclaim, and drew customers from across the metro area. So when Kogos had the chance in 2014 to move to a bigger space (the former Harvest Restaurant) with a better-equipped kitchen, he took it.
Kogos had hoped the move would double his business, and at first things were going well. His cousin had begun taking long breaks to cook Cajun food in Europe. So Kogos soon found himself spending more time in the kitchen, which is not where his ambitions lie. After three years in Richmond Heights, Kogos’ lease was coming up. He told St. Louis Magazine that it seemed like an opportune time to close, and move on to something new.
On Riverbend’s website, he left the following message:
“Riverbend is closed. We had a fun 7-year run. We’re on to the next adventure. Thanks for your friendship and great conversation!”
Kogos told St. Louis Magazine that he plans to return to New Orleans in the next week or so to seek his next adventure.