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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 Unpretentious Sport for St. Louis Foodies – Three Flags Tavern

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – You’ve no doubt heard of restaurants and taverns with “Happy Hours,” but have you heard of “Oyster Hours?”  You have if you’ve been among the lucky St. Louis diners who’ve discovered Three Flags Tavern, 4940 Southwest Avenue in St. Louis (on the Hill).  When Chef John O’Brien and wife Cathy opened TFT in 2014, they were aiming for a neighborhood place with good food and service.  What they got is a bright spot in St. Louis’ culinary scene, with impeccably executed but unfussy food served well, in a friendly, inviting tavern.

The restaurant gets its name from the history of St. Louis.  On March 9-10, 1804, the flags of Spain, France and the United States each hung over the city during the ceremonial transfer of the Louisiana Territory.  The event is known as Three Flags Day.  The O’Briens were inspired by the culinary intersection of the three great nations and say it was relevant to the direction their menu was taking, so they went with it, and Three Flags Tavern was born.

And “tavern” really is the right term for this neighborhood restaurant.  There’s a bar, and several tables, but it feels more like an inviting and cozy stopover for hungry travelers than a simple bar and grill.  The professional, friendly hospitality offered makes the place feel like your favorite neighborhood pub.  But the meticulous attention to detail and exceptional menu take it to the next level.  No wonder they were among Opentable’s 2016 top 10 restaurants fit for foodies in the St. Louis region.

Dinner at TFT can be as simple and familiar as fried chicken, pomme puree (elevated mashed potatoes), greens and biscuit.  Or a little more adventurous like their Serrano wrapped pork loin chop, served with gnocchi, pickled rosemary pears, and goat cheese crema.  Both are simply delicious.  But in the unpretentious style that is Three Flags Tavern, you can also get burger (made with ground brisket) and fresh fries or fresh lobster rolls (Connecticut or Maine style), and of course, oysters.  They’re a regular menu item, but during Oyster Hours, Monday-Friday, 3-6 pm the Oysters are $1.50 each!  There are also beer, wine and drink specials.

Three Flags Tavern offers dinner seven-days a week, and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.  Bunch hint: Try the buttermilk biscuits (scones) with genuine Devonshire Cream and fruit preserves!

You can dine at the bar, in the cozy dining room, or, while the weather holds, on their lovely tree-shaded patio.  Reservations are not required, but they are recommended.  They can be made on the restaurant’s website or by phone.

Contact Information:

Three Flags Tavern

Owners: Chef John & Cathy O’Brien

4940 Southwest Ave.

St. Louis, MO

Phone: (314) 669-9222

Email: cathy@threeflagstavern.com


OpenTable Releases List

OpenTable Releases List

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) OpenTable Releases List: they are the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, seating more than 19 million diners per month through online bookings among more than 37,000 restaurants.  The San Francisco-based online restaurant reservation service, recently released a brand new list of top 10 restaurants fit for foodies in the area, and St. Louis continues to flourish as a bona fide foodie city.

Last year, St. Louis made NerdWallet’s list of the “Best Cities for Foodies,” as well as, WalletHub’s list of the “Best and Worst Foodie Cities for Your Wallet.” On that list, they ranked No. 21 out of 150.  This month’s OpenTable restaurants fit for foodies current No.1 spot goes to Five Bistro, located at 5100 Daggett Ave.  That’s exciting news for the restaurant and for diners of the popular Bistro.

Below is a list of the other awesome fit for foodie restaurants in order.  Only one is located outside St. Louis but still in Missouri, and that’s 44 Stone Public House in Columbia.  It came in at No. 2 on the list.

  1. Five Bistro- 5100 Daggett Ave.
  2. 44 Stone Public House- 3910 Peachtree Dr., Columbia, MO.
  3. Publico- 6679 Delmar Blvd.
  4. Elaia-1634 Tower Grove.
  5. Acero- 7266 Manchester Rd.
  6. Parigi- 8025 Bonhomme Ave.
  7. Three Flags Tavern- 4940 Southwest Ave.
  8. Juniper- 360 N Boyle Ave.
  9. Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria- 9568 Manchester Rd.
  10. The Tavern Kitchen and Bar- 392 N Euclid Ave.