Old Standard To Open Next Week

By Molly Rippinger
In Food
Ben poremba fried chicken Jennifer Silverberg.

Image courtesy of Jennifer Silverberg.

Word is out that the doors to Ben Poremba’s newest concept, Old Standard, will officially open on Friday, Oct. 17. The restaurant is Poremba’s ode to all things fried chicken and it’s located a mere half-block away from Poremba’s other Botanical Heights hotspots—Elaia, Olio and La Patisserie Chouquette (which Poremba co-owns with Simone Faure).

This summer, Chris DiMercurio was announced as the chef at Old Standard. DiMercurio brings a wealth of professional experience to the kitchen having previously worked at Taste, Vino Nadoz and Element.

The Southern-inspired menu will offer traditional snacks and sides such as Faure’s incredibly flaky, butter-laced biscuits that will be served with homemade compound butters and jams. Chicken will undeniably take center stage at Old Standard, with the birds being specially sourced from an Amish farm in Indiana. Poremba and his crew spent months researching the right recipe, and all the extra effort has helped achieve the ideal balance of a crispy skin that gives way to a moist, flavorful interior. Diners can wash down all that fried chicken goodness with one of Old Standards 50 American whiskeys, a cold can of beer or a classic cocktail.

Although at first glance the down-home cuisine at Old Standard might not seem as demanding as Poremba’s fine dining restaurants, he was quick to remind us of the importance of keeping his standards high in the October issue of ALIVE. “…It better be damn good, because [people] know what good fried chicken should taste like.”

Once open, hours will be Monday through Saturday from 4:30pm to midnight and Sunday brunch from 11am to 3pm followed by dinner from 3 to 8pm. 1621 Tower Grove Ave., Botanical Heights. 

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