Popular Walnut Grill Restaurant Concept Coming to Sunset Hill’s
ST. LOUIS, MO/May 5, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Although some of the neighborhood may still be lamenting the closing of the Sunset Hill’s Ruby Tuesday last year, most will be excited to hear the news that they will soon have their very own Walnut Grill. The popular Pittsburg based restaurant chain recently announced they plan to open shop in mid-July.
The company is investing close to $1.4 million into opening a 6,200-square-foot restaurant at 10797 Sunset Hills Plaza. “When we came to the market, South County was on our map. We love the business district and accessibility to highways,” says Kirk Vogel, President of Walnut Grill Holdings.
The Walnut Grill concept began in 1999 when four friends joined together with a common goal; their desire to create a full-service restaurant with a local feel that was inviting to their guests and served outstanding food and beverages. In the last few years, Walnut Grill’s casual dining concept has continued to grow in popularity.
In 2014, St. Charles-based Vinery Restaurant Group purchased 40% ownership. Owner Vogel’s brother, Erik Vogel, as well as Erik’s brother-in-law Stephen Baker, are principals of Vinery and oversee the two other St. Louis restaurants, one in Ellisville at 1386 Clarkson-Clayton Center, and the other in O’Fallon, Missouri at 4401 Highway K. Vinery currently owns four locations in Pennsylvania.
Sansone Group owns the property, as well as, all of the Plaza and Shoppes at Sunset Hills. John Miller Construction is the general contractor on the restaurant development project. Vogel says they will be hiring more than 75 employees for the opening and management of the new restaurant in the Sunset Hills location.
Stay tuned… this will be the restaurant group’s third location in the St. Louis area, with two more restaurants in the pipeline.