Carondelet Comfort Food Purveyors, Iron Barley Heading South to Jefferson County
St. Louis, MO/June 14, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – South St. Louis is losing a favorite restaurant and some valued members of the community. Tom and Gen Coghill have announced that they’re moving Iron Barley, An Eating Establishment from its current home in Carondelet to Jefferson County. The Coghills made the announcement on their Facebook page on Friday (June 9,2017). The Coghills said they have been looking for a larger place for the past two years because the current restaurant and party space at 5510 Virginia Ave. in south St. Louis has prevented them from accommodating larger parties and private events. Their Facebook announcement read in part:
“On May 25th we closed on a new property in High Ridge Mo. We have been looking for a larger place for over two years and believe we have found it! Three times the size of our current location and 70 plus parking slots.”
It went on to say:
“Fourteen years ago we poured our hearts and souls into the Iron Barley steadily investing back into the business to help us serve you better. Fourteen years ago we were told ‘you can’t do that the neighborhood will never support you.’ We have proven them wrong. A lot of great friendships have been made, many of which we feel to be our second families.”
The Coghills opened their restaurant at 5510 Virginia Ave. in south St. Louis in 2003, offering American food with a definite German influence. Besides burgers on pretzel buns, prime rib, and smoked salmon, diners flock in for the klops (mini German-style meatballs) schnitzel (breaded pork tenderloin), and spaetzle (hearty, German-style noodles). Besides amazing food and service, Iron Barley is also known for their dedication to craft beer, bourbon and whiskey.
But Iron Barley was much more than “an Eating Establishment” for the community surrounding it. The restaurant and its owners were “go-to” sources for community service. In 2016, Iron Barley was one of just three Missouri restaurants to receive the state Restaurant Association Restaurant Neighbor Award—honoring restaurants that give back to their communities. And this local eatery had a real impact on its neighbors. Iron Barley’ annual Tomato Fest has raised money for the Lift For Life Gym for more than 10 years. The Tom Hall Guitar and Resophonic Extravaganzas, which began to aid a single musician, have become annual fundraisers benefiting the music program at St. Frances Cabrini Academy, as well as Lift for Life Gym and Six String Heroes, a volunteer group that teaches returning combat veterans how to play the guitar. Their annual Memorial Day Rib Fest raises money for organizations like the USO and Fisher House, which provides housing for families of wounded soldiers undergoing medical treatment. They’re also regular sponsors for events benefiting local neighborhood, civic, and business associations, veterans’ services, 9/11 memorial events, etc.
The Coghills say the plan is to keep the current Iron Barley location in Carondelet open through mid-August. Then in mid-September, they’re hoping to open the new Iron Barley’s High Hog Ridge at 3367 High Ridge Blvd, in High Ridge. It has not yet been determined who, if anyone, will occupied the premises once the Carondelet Iron Barley has closed. The Coghill’s say they’re currently looking for someone to “breathe new life” into the Virginia Ave. location. And so neighbors must wait to learn what comes next. Whatever it is, South St. Louis will miss the Coghills and Iron Barley.