Photo by Mabel Suen

A bit of the Caribbean came to midtown St. Louis in April with the opening of Patois Eatery & Social Lounge, launched by Chicago business partners Johnnie Franklin, Damian Williams and Maurice Madkins.

Patois is actually Jamaican slang for ‘broken English,’” Franklin says. “What we’re offering is a unique eatery that features Caribbean and American fusion. It’s a place where you can socialize, meet people, have good cocktails and food, and enjoy live entertainment as well.”

The two-story space seats more than 150 and features a loungelike atmosphere conducive to live entertainment like live R&B and jazz on Saturdays. Apart from a few aesthetic additions, the space maintains a feel similar to that of its predecessor, The Rustic Goat.

“I didn’t want this to be a traditional stuffy, run-of-the-mill restaurant,” Franklin says. “I wanted it to be a little bit hip and somewhat social savvy – a contemporary vibe but comfortable.”

Arthur Ramsey – who goes by “Chef Moses” – heads up Patois’ kitchen, cooking dishes such as the restaurant’s signature jerk-chicken platter served with fries or cabbage. Jerk chicken is also available in tacos or atop a salad. Another highlight is fried chicken inspired by Harold’s Chicken Shack in Chicago, seasoned with salt, pepper and mild sauce.

Additional offerings include Buffalo-battered shrimp, chicken wings, a wedge salad, a New York-style flatbread and a Philly cheesesteak flatbread with steak, grilled peppers, onions and mushrooms. Sides include cabbage, candied yams and mac ’n’ cheese.

Behind the bar, general manager Crystal Burkley developed a list of more than a dozen fruit-tinged cocktails. Guest can choose from such options as rum punch or the Candyland with red berry Cîroc vodka, Midori liqueur, peach schnapps, pineapple juice, lemonade and grenadine. Another selection, the Jamaican Cowboy, comes with coconut tequila, pineapple juice, peach, raspberry, sweet-and-sour mix and lime juice.

On Sundays, the restaurant’s brunch buffet runs $24.99 per person and includes bacon, eggs, French toast, turkey sausage, jerk chicken, mac ’n’ cheese, red beans and rice, cabbage, fried chicken, fruit, salad and more. Also, bottomless mimosas are available for $12.99.

Whether enjoying a bottomless mimosa or a simple but colorful meal, a visit to Patois Eatery & Social Lounge would perfectly complement attendance at the St Lou Fringe Festival.

Patois Eatery & Social Lounge, 2617 Washington Ave., St. Louis, 314-696-2606,

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