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As one of St. Louis’ oldest restaurants, Kemoll’s is a tradition not only for the family that runs it, but for countless other local families, as well. “We have some families who have been celebrating Christmas Eve at Kemoll’s for 50 years,” says fourth-generation owner Mark Cusumano. “They first came in here when they were little babies, and now they’re adults in their 50s, and they still celebrate here.”
Kemoll's executive chef Don Tadlock
Margaret Jordan and Christopher Chastain
If the good Lord were to give me one perfect day, it would be to have my father back, and the two of us would head to Busch Stadium for Opening Day. Alzheimers took him from us six years ago. The disease may destroy memories, but it won't erase a single second of the time the two of us spent at the ballpark together.
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When Mark Cusumano walks through the dining room of Kemoll’s, he often pauses under a portrait of his grandmother, Doris. Eighty-six years ago, Doris and Joe Kemoll opened a restaurant that would become one of St. Louis’ most renowned fine dining establishments, and Cusumano understands the importance of carrying on his grandparents’ legacy. “Whenever I walk by, I can’t help but think, How am I doing, Grandma?”
Kemoll's executive chef Don Tadlock
Katie Marie Corey and Daniel Robert DiLeo
Branko and Kathy Ostrec of St. Louis are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Mirella Ostrec, to John Miller Sokup III, son of John and Sharon Sokup of Oakville.
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Kemoll�s executive chef Don Tadlock
When their small confectionary debuted in 1927, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kemoll could not have imagined their brand-new business would serve five generations of customers, including politicians, sports figures and Broadway stars. “It seemed like almost everybody who played at the Fox Theatre came to Kemoll’s,” says Mark Cusumano, the fourth generation of the Kemoll-Cusumano family to be involved in the restaurant. “You couldn’t even list all the famous people that came in: Charlton Heston, Anthony Quinn, Joe Frazier, Jesse Owens—and the ballplayers came in all the time, because Sportsman’s Park was just a few blocks away.” Asked if he had a particular favorite, Cusumano says Anthony Quinn is a great memory. “I was a young waiter, just coming up, and I had his table. He was the nicest guy!”
If any area restaurant deserves to be called a St. Louis institution, it’s Kemoll’s. Founded in 1927, this paragon of fine dining has been located downtown in the Metropolitan Square building for about 20 years, first in the lobby, then relocating to the 40th floor in 2009. We hadn’t visited since the move upstairs, so we felt it was high time to make another reservation.
> Provisions Gourmet Market in Creve Coeur will soon be closing its doors. We’re told that while the company is shuttering that store, it will be opening up a fourth location of The Wine & Cheese Place June 1, at 457 N. New Ballas Road.