The Wood Cask Is Replaced by The Fryers Daughter
KIRKWOOD, MO/April 1, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) The Fryers Daughter – In any great food city, restaurants come and restaurants go. It’s part of the life cycle of the industry. But it isn’t often that an owner closes his doors and a week later reopens as a brand new restaurant with a new name, a new look, and a fresh new menu. But that’s just what has happened to The Wood Cask at the Green Tree Center (10332 Manchester Road) in Kirkwood. The upscale, casual restaurant had been open for just over two years, offering handcrafted cocktails using upscale liquors and small batch bourbons, along with an exceptional selection of whiskey, wine, and beer. The restaurant menu included well-planned bar staples like wings, flatbread pizzas, apps, and burgers, along with steak, seafood, and salads.
When owner Dan Marten announced on Facebook that he would be closing The Wood Cask (his first restaurant venture), he hinted that something new was in the works. On March 19th he had posted this: “This coming Wednesday, March 22nd will be our last call at The Wood Cask, because we are closing our doors. The ownership, management, and staff would sincerely like to thank everyone we had the pleasure of serving and getting to know over the last two years here in Kirkwood. More News To Come -”
More news indeed. It seemed the doors had just about shut last Wednesday night when workers began removing fixtures, building a new counter, and repainting everything. The upscale, casual atmosphere of the Wood Cask was swept away, and a bright new enterprise was in the making. The Fryer’s Daughter, as Marten has named it in honor of his two daughters, promises to be different.
The Fryer’s Daughter specializes in fried chicken—buttermilk marinated, double-breaded fried chicken—the really crunchy, delicious kind. Marten says they’re offering fried chicken in several varieties including by the piece, and as sandwiches, wraps, and salads. Several house-made specialty sauces are available too, including classic barbecue sauce, their homemade Buffalo-style hot sauce, and their spicy Korean gochujang sauce called “K-town.” There will be a nice selection of house-made sides as well.
Unlike the full service dining of the Wood Cask, The Fryer’s Daughter offers fast-casual counter service. This trending, newer service style has customers placing their orders at a counter, yet offers a comfortable dining room. But Marten is changing that model up a bit too. Although The Fryer’s Daughter is a family-friendly restaurant, it’s not your average fried chicken joint. This one has a full bar. In fact, I’m told customers will still be able to find the small batch bourbons and amazing whiskey selection they loved at the Wood Cask—including the “create your own flights” option.
Marten had hoped to have the new restaurant open earlier this week (Monday, March 27), but pushed it back a few days to make sure every element was in place and ready to go. Service will begin with lunch Thursday, at 11:00 a.m. After that, the kitchen will be open Tuesday – Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. You might find the bar open a bit later, depending upon demand. Kirkwood’s newest restaurant, The Fryer’s Daughter will be something special—offering top shelf bourbon and fresh fried chicken in the same place. Yay!
The Fryers Daughter
Owner: Dan Marten
Green Tree Center
10332 Manchester Road
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Phone: (314) 858-1085