Destination: Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co.

By Heather Riske
In Food

Kevin Nashan only announced his newest venture, Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co., two months ago, but the restaurant quickly became one of the most anticipated openings of the summer.

The Benton Park restaurant and oyster bar officially opened Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 1831 Sidney St., just half a block away from Nashan’s lauded Sidney Street Cafe. Within its first hour of business, the place was buzzing.

Photo by Heather Riske

Photo by Heather Riske

The space is almost unrecognizable from its former tenant, Niche. Nashan and his team transformed the restaurant, resulting in a nostalgic, rustic feel. When he first announced the opening, Nashan said he sourced Americana décor from local salvage yards and eBay. Pops of color are found in blue and green vintage French Tolix chairs and aqua mason jars that play against a wood floor and ceiling and white brick walls.

Taking center stage in the front of the restaurant is a separate raw bar featuring a 130-year-old stone oyster trough, vintage glass and metal lighting fixtures. Hand-lettered signs hanging on a metal board tell which crudos and oysters are available to order that night.

The restaurant's namesake sandwich, The Peacemaker, is a fried oyster Po-Boy with remoulade.

The restaurant’s namesake sandwich, The Peacemaker, is a fried oyster Po-Boy with remoulade.

The restaurant’s bright interior and comfortable atmosphere provide the perfect backdrop for its coastal menu. Northeastern and Louisiana cuisines make up the menus, which are rolled up into metal buckets on the tables.

A few of the current offerings are lobster, crab and clam rolls, steamed crab, seafood boils, chowders and and sides like hush puppies and lobster frito pie. Po’boy sandwiches include shrimp, catfish, smoked brisket, pork link, sweet potato and the restaurant’s namesake oyster Peacemaker Po’boy.

The bar, set across the restaurant from the raw bar and open kitchen, features local drafts from 4 Hands and Civil Life, as well as cans from Schlafly, O’Fallon, Kraftig Light and more.

Initially, the restaurant will be open nightly for dinner, and lunch will be offered in the coming months.

Open Monday through Thursday, 4:30pm-10pm, Friday and Saturday 4:30pm-11pm and Sunday 1pm-9pm. 1831 Sidney St., Benton Park, 314.772.8858

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