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South City’s Three Flags Tavern Closed

Three Flags Tavern, St. Louis, MO

Bridge Construction Among Factors in Demise of 3 Flags Tavern

St. Louis, MO/March 9, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – It’s a sad day for foodies in St. Louis as we learn of the closing of Three Flags Tavern at 4940 Southwest Ave.  After just three years in business, owners John and Cathy O’Brien are calling it quits.  The husband and wife team announced Monday that they had shut down their restaurant at the end of business Sunday due to low revenue.

Three Flags Tavern had been named in honor of the three-way land deal that made the St. Louis territory part of the United States. (The other two nations involved were France and Spain).  The decor inside TFT reflected this storied history, as did the clever and creative menu designed to reflect the influences of all three cultures.  The food was impeccably conceived and prepared, but not pretentious in the least.

TFT had a reputation as hospitable and comfortable with an elevated menu.  It was a well-liked restaurant with good customer reviews.  Their “Oyster Hours” were especially liked.  They were like regular weekday Happy Hours, except there were oyster specials along with drink specials. Brunch at TFT was also quite popular.  They also received critical acclaim.  In 2016, TFT was named to OpenTable’s top 10 restaurants fit for foodies in the St. Louis region.

Until bridge construction on Kingshighway slowed traffic in the area to a trickle, you needed reservations to get a table at TFT on a Friday or Saturday night.  John O’Brien told St. Louis Magazine that they can’t blame it all on the bridge, but it did take a significant toll on the business.  The long-running bridge project has kept South Kingshighway closed between Southwest Ave. and Shaw Blvd. for most of two years.  It was supposed to reopen last fall, but construction delays are keeping closed until later this spring.

Three Flags Tavern had occupied the site left vacant when the venerated Harry’s Bar & Grill closed in 2011 over lease issues.  South city diners can only hope some other worthy endeavor finds its way to that patch of Southwest Ave. soon, and that John and Cathy O’Brien find another way to feed St. Louis so well again.

An OpenTable Neighborhood Gem to Close – Atlas Restaurant

Atlas Restaurant

Atlas Restaurant in Debaliviere Place Announces End

ST LOUIS, MO/January 9, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – It’s a sad day for St. Louis diners.  One of the best restaurants in the city has announced it is closing.  Atlas Restaurant at 5513 Pershing Ave. in St. Louis’ Debaliviere Place neighborhood will close next month.  They were unable to negotiate a new lease.  At the end of business on January 5, 2016, restaurant management posted the following announcement on the Atlas Facebook Page:

To all of our friends, families and patrons of Atlas Restaurant ~

We are extremely sorry to share the news that Saturday, February 18th will be the final night of service at Atlas Restaurant.  We’ve been so lucky to have taken the helm at Atlas for nearly seven wonderful years and are very thankful to our loyal patrons.  We want to thank each and every one of you for all you’ve done for us, and for not only being our guests but becoming our friends and family.  We felt we would be remiss not to offer the next several weeks for diners to have a chance to visit us a final time or two.  It has been an honor and privilege to work with our staff at Atlas and we are grateful for their loyalty.

Simply put, we have been unable to find an agreement to extend our stay on Pershing.  Life does what it does and now it is time to find a new path.  As for us, we will consolidate our efforts at Avenue Restaurant in Clayton where – if you drop in – you may well see some familiar faces from your evenings at Atlas.

So there it is– a moment full of delicious memories, twangs of sorrow and bright hopes for the future.  We would like to extend our deepest gratitude and best wishes to you all.

Atlas has been a local favorite, and was consistently listed as one of OpenTable’s top 10 “Neighborhood Gems.” Users of the San Francisco-based online reservation service gave the upscale casual restaurant 4.5 stars.  Chef Alberto Ahuatzi’s menu was inspired by the cuisines of France and Italy, with contemporary American flourishes.  If you have been meaning to try Atlas, but haven’t had the chance, you should take the closing notice as an opportunity to do so.  The artfully created dishes will fill you with joy, and then a tragic sense of loss, as they will be gone all too soon.  Make a reservation, so you don’t miss your chance.

Restaurants like Atlas don’t come along every day and this neighborhood gem will be missed by many in and around the west end of the city.  You won’t find the menu repeated at their other venue, the Avenue at 12 North Meramec Ave. in Clayton, but you will find the same genuine hospitality and a different, but still delicious blend of French, Italian and Contemporary American cuisine.  You’ll also find breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, a full bar complete with Happy Hour specials and weekend brunch! It isn’t Atlas, but it is still good.

Contact information:

Atlas Restaurant
Owner: Brian Carr
5513 Pershing Ave.
Debaliviere Place
St. Louis, MO 63112
Phone: (314) 367-6800


Avenue Restaurant
12 North Meramec Ave.
Clayton, MO 63105
Phone: (314) 727-4141


Picture courtesy of Atlas Restaurants’ website


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