Gringo Restaurant to Reopen in Downtown St. Louis
Gringo, the esteemed Mexican restaurant in the Central West End that closed in 2016 after three years of business, is being given a second life by undeterred co-founder Chris Sommers, who plans to reopen Gringo in Downtown St. Louis’ MX District this fall in the location that previously housed Robust Wine Bar.
You know Sommers from the successful Pi Pizza, known for its deep-dish pizza with delectable cornbread crust, which now has several locations across the St. Louis metro area and now one in Washington D.C. Sommers also recently founded the fast-casual ‘ZZA Pizza + Salad with two locations, one in the Skinker/DeBaliviere neighborhood and one in the Central West End, where foodies can dine on delicious personal oval pizzas, salads and even a trendy poke bowl. The ‘ZAA version comes with ahi tuna, mixed greens, torn nori, edamame, brown rice, quinoa, seaweed salad, sriracha mayo, sesame-ginger dressing and more.
Diners can expect a similar combination of eclectic ingredients and classic favorites at the new Gringo, which will maintain its original concept of authentic Mexican street food. The restaurant’s self-aware, cheeky name, Gringo, is a play on the Mexican word used to describe outsiders and non-Hispanic or Latinos, paying tribute to its authentic fare offered smack dab in the middle of the United States. Sommers has new recipes and concepts up his sleeve as well that he has yet to disclose, which we can’t wait to try.
Images courtesy of Downtown St. Louis.