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Edgewild Restaurant & Winery opened in the fall of 2011 in Chesterfield, and soon developed quite a following in West County and beyond.
Big news in Ladue…A new tenant will be moving into the former Busch’s Grove space: EDGEWILD RESTAURANT & WINERY has announced that it is opening a second establishment at the landmark locale on Clayton Road. Owners ANDY and DEE DEE KOHN are again teaming up with restaurateur and EdgeWild proprietor CHRIS LAROCCA for the venture, which is slated to open in early summer. We’re told the new restaurant will have the same feel and experience as the original Chesterfield location; however, it will also have a greater emphasis on the bar and appetizer offerings, according to Andy Kohn. “It will be the new neighborhood watering hole.”
The hot, fresh Clayton eatery Crushed Red isn’t likely to be a flash in the pan. That’s because owners Chris LaRocca, Jason Tilford, Mike Marino, Ralph Kalish Jr. and Powell Kalish have done their research when creating this recipe for success.
RICK GRAEFE / JOURNAL Chris LaRocca of Crushed Red restaurant.
◆ Crushed Red-Urban Bake & Chop Shop, the latest eatery from restaurateur CHRIS LAROCCA, is slated to open in February at 8007 Maryland Ave. in Clayton, the former home of Dick Blick Art Materials. The new restaurant will offer quick lunch options and breakfast and dinner service, as well. Highlights of the new eatery include wood-fired pizza ovens that can turn out a finished pie in 90 seconds, some 40 salad ingredients that will be chopped to order, as well as organic dressings.
◆ The Ritz-Carlton has changed its lunch service, eliminating the longstanding lunch buffet in favor of what it calls the ‘30-Minute Lunch,’ available from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Guests have a choice of one item each from four categories: The Sides, The Dessert, The Sandwich and The Soup/Salad. The goal is to go from order, to food, to check, in half an hour. All of the breads and desserts are made in-house by executive pastry chef SIMONE FAUER, and the greens and other veggies are sourced from Living Water Farms in central Illinois. The restaurant also has a new burger menu and larger sandwich plates are still available, as well, for those who aren’t in a time crunch.
> ADAM TILFORD, co-owner of Tortillaria in the CWE, is working on construction of Milagro Modern Mexican, which will be located in The Shoppes at Old Webster in the space previously occupied by Natural Fact Foods. The 120-seater with full bar will be open for lunch and dinner, with a focus on grilled meats and seafood. Look for a mid-April or early May opening. Consulting on the project is Tilford’s brother, JASON TILFORD, who owns Barrister’s in Clayton and worked with restaurateur Chris LaRocca on Triumph Grill and the new Kota Wood Fire Grill, where he serves as executive chef.
Opened only a couple of months ago, Kota is an auspicious development for the growing Grand Center dining scene. The midtown entertainment district anchored by the Fox, the Sheldon, the Symphony and others has long cried out for more dining venues, but few so far have taken root.
• The Lawrence Group and Moto Museum owner STEVE SMITH opened his dream restaurant Oct. 1…and it is a dream of a restaurant. LORI DOLAN, the project overseer from Culinary Architects, was beaming as she showed off the four named dining rooms that make up Triumph Grill, 3419 Olive St., each one a separate storefront. The motorcycle-inspired art includes wheel hub parts in the light fixtures of the Bohmerland Room, a collage of vintage magazine advertisements in the Alcyon, headlights as pendant lights in the Talisman, and two motorcycles racing past each other on the ceiling of the Augusta. CHRIS LaROCCA of Culinary Architects brought in chef JASON TILFORD when developing the Bold American Grill menu. Executive chef AARON BAGGETT said his favorite is the Reuben sandwich, made with black Russian pumpernickel.