Three Kings Public House fans in the area likely rejoiced in July when that casual restaurant – famed for its upscale pub-style grub and extensive beverage program, and founded by Mizzou alumni Derek Deaver, Derek Fleig and Ryan Pinkston – opened its third outpost, in south St. Louis County.
It joins Three Kings’ first location, which opened in University City’s Delmar Loop in May 2011, and second, which debuted in Des Peres in October 2014. The 5,000-square-foot South County space (the local brand’s largest) sports an additional 1,800-square-foot tandem patio and seats, in total, more than 250 guests.
“We definitely are a little more of Three Kings 2.0 compared to the original, older feel,” says general manager Crispin Tarango. “The atmosphere and vibe of a public house is typically what we try to model all the Three Kings after. It’s a place where you can relax, enjoy a drink and good company.”
TAO + LEE Associates served as the architect for the space, while Deaver’s wife, Kasey, worked on the interior design. Images of the titular royalty – Elvis, King Kong and Henry VIII – grace the dining room wall, which comprises a repurposed high school gym floor. Exposed brick and wood throughout lend a rustic touch.
The South County kitchen cooks the same bill of fare as its siblings, including items like a grilled baby-romaine Caesar salad that were added in the most recent menu update. Other newer features include sliders and wraps “of the moment” at “market price” and, among the entrées, the catch of the day.
Popular picks include chicken wings, Cajun pasta, pan-roasted chicken and the intriguingly named Pogue Mahone burger, with a fried egg, bacon, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, and Swiss and cheddar cheese on a pretzel bun – all of which sound like potentially princely repasts before catching Hamlet from The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.
To drink, 32 taps with a focus on local craft beers await behind the bar, including eight mainstays and 24 rotating options. A selection of a dozen or so wines also awaits thirsty guest, as do plenty of bottled and canned beers and half a dozen signature cocktails. Guests can choose from highlights like margaritas, Moscow Mules or the Hibiscus 75, with lavender-hibiscus syrup, Bombay gin, fresh-squeezed lemon juice and La Marca prosecco.
Happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m., as well as Sunday through Thursday from 10 p.m. to close, and features half-price draft beers and selected wines, $3.99 well drinks and discounted appetizers.
Three Kings Public House, 40 Ronnie’s Plaza, St. Louis, 314-293-3614, threekingspub.com