New STL Restaurants and Breweries Opening in June – New Eats
St. Louis, MO/May 25, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) New Eats – As we wind our way into the unofficial start of summer in St. Louis, we can look forward to long days, warm weather, summer festivals, and several new restaurants! June is historically a month of new beginnings, so restaurant openings seem all too appropriate. And this year, June delivers the goods. There will be new things to eat and drink, and terrific new places to enjoy them.
The King is about to be resurrected—the long-closed St. Louis restaurant King Louie, that is. Matt McGuire, former director of service for Gerard Craft’s Niche Food Group, is in the process of bringing back his much-loved restaurant, now simply dubbed Louie. The new 2,800 square foot eatery will occupy a portion of the shuttered Jimmy’s on the Park, at 706B DeMun Avenue in Clayton. The esteemed King Louie had been known for sensational food and service. The menu still isn’t set for this new Louie, but diners should expect Italian and French influenced American cuisine. McGuire has said he’s hoping the new Louie will become a DeMun neighborhood mainstay, rather than a destination restaurant. Louie is expected to open in June, but no date has been set. There’s no website yet either.
A new craft beer and hockey bar is soon to open in Midtown St. Louis. Work is underway to get Center Ice Brewery at 120 Olive Blvd. up and running by mid to late June. The hockey-focused brewery is the brainchild of St. Louis entrepreneur and philanthropist Steve Albers, who founded two hockey tournaments to benefit Shutout Autism, playfully dubbed the Frozen Cup and the Melted Cup. Before developing his own brews for Center Ice Brewery, Albers spent three years brewing with friends under the name Hat Trick Brewing. Center Ice Brewing will be primarily a brewery and tasting room with 12 – 18 taps and 60 or more seats. Since the brewery is right next door to Pappy’s Smokehouse and Southern, Albers doesn’t plan to make food. Instead, guests will be able to order food in from the neighboring restaurants to enjoy with his beers. Center Ice’s core beers will include Center Ice American Golden, Hop Shelf IPA, Puck O’ the Irish stout, and Raspberry Picker. Albers has been video blogging the development of Center Ice Brewery on Youtube:
Steve Albers walks you through the latest developments and installations at Center Ice Brewery as he works to open his Midtown establishment by late June.
Taco Buddha is expected to open late next month at 7405 Pershing Avenue (Pershing and Jackson) in University City. This taco-fusion spot will offer counter service with seating for 25 inside and another two-dozen or so outside. There will be a taco-focused menu. The plan is to offer all sorts of food stuffed into a taco shell. There will be everything from Asian influenced chicken tandoori tacos to Texas-style breakfast tacos. Taco Buddha was the name Kurt Eller used for his catering truck. He and partner Erin McCracken will use it for their new brick-and-mortar restaurant too. The new taco joint will make use of the unused kitchen behind Cursed Bikes & Coffee (which sells coffee, smoothies, and pastries, so doesn’t use a kitchen). Initially, Taco Buddha will be open Thursday – Friday for breakfast and lunch, and Saturday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Owners Kurt Eller and Erin McCracken plan to extend the restaurant’s hours to six days a week by October. Eventually, they plan to apply for a full liquor license, making their little taco joint a hangout destination.
With longer days and shorter nights, plus new local restaurants, June is looking like a great month of beginnings for St. Louis diners. Yay us!