Craft Art Bar Comes To Cherokee Street

By Molly Rippinger
In Food

Art enthusiasts, cocktail connoisseurs and foodies alike should be excited for a new concept set to open early this April on Cherokee Street, called Craft Art Bar. Owner Tatyana Teinikova, who is also responsible for The Grove’s HandleBar, is teaming up with Tom Halaska to transform the building at 2732 Cherokee St. into a hip, multifunctional space.

Image courtesy of Craft Art Bar

Image courtesy of Craft Art Bar

Inside Craft Art Bar, guests will find artistic touches in everything from the beautiful stained glass windows to a decoupage-finished bar top. The renovation process has also added whimsical curves into various elements of the bar and other decorative accents. Once finished, the space is meant to be a hub of creativity. According to a recent press release, Craft Art Bar’s goal is to, “invite visitors to pursue their individual passions and discover new ones.”

In the kitchen, Craft Art Bar will focus on a rotating selection of small plates that are easy to eat while multitasking—whether it be while enjoying a show or painting your next masterpiece. Expect to find rustic dishes that are mostly Russian-inspired, such as various kinds of pierogi, flatbreads and charcuterie boards.

While Teinikova’s heritage has inspired the kitchen, Halaska’s experience as the former general manager at Sasha’s on Shaw has made him the driving force behind the bar. The curated wine list will be minimalistic, but carefully selected, while the cocktail menu will focus on well-crafted classics using local spirits whenever possible. Area brews will also be represented with five taps offering a rotating selection of options.

2732 Cherokee St., Benton Park, 314.769.1274. 

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