Openings: Eleven65 Opens Its Doors, Blind Tiger And A Pizza Story Planned For Maplewood, Empire Cafe Brings Modern Building To Cherokee Street

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Image courtesy of Eleven65.

Image courtesy of Eleven65.

Tuesday, Sept. 17: O’Fallon’s newest dining destination, Eleven65, opened its doors last week to an eager crowd. Housed in the former J. Buck’s location, this restaurant is also a family affair, owned and operated by Cliff, David and Hal Sparks, a grandfather-father-son trio. Their executive chef is Erick Brown, who worked for 10 years at Cardwell’s and another five at the Racquet Club Ladue. With the assistance of sous chefs Katie Fitzgerald and Alexander Diomis, Brown will serve up the restaurant’s menu of casual Mediterranean-themed food. The restaurant will operate Tuesday-Sunday for lunch and dinner service until 10pm, with a late-night bar menu offered on weekends.
1165 Technology Dr., O’Fallon, 636.329.0065,

Tuesday, Sept. 24: If you didn’t hear yesterday’s buzz about there being a Clydesdale at Lambert Airport, then you probably also aren’t aware of the reason for its visit. The symbolic Budweiser steed was part of the festivities marking the opening of Eighteen|76, a new Budweiser-themed restaurant and bar highlighting the history of the iconic brew. Eighteen|76, named after the year Budweiser launched, is located in the spot formerly held by the Budweiser Stadium Club, which closed this summer. Budweiser will see yet another restaurant opened in its honor next year in the form of the Budweiser Brew House, a 20,000-square-foot eatery planned for Downtown’s Ballpark Village development.

October 2014: Two exciting new eateries are heading to Manchester Road in Maplewood. The first is Blind Tiger, the newest restaurant from Michael McLaughlin, owner of The Crow’s Nest and the former (and beloved) Bleeding Deacon. Blind Tiger will open in the former location of Jumpin’ Jupiter at 7376 Manchester Road, and will feature pizza, ribs and whiskey. The pizza is described as having a crust that is a hybrid of New York and Chicago styles, offered with diners’ choice of bourbon marinara, brown butter or olive oil sauces. That same bourbon marinara will be found on the ribs. The bar will feature higher-end whiskeys and local beer.

Just down the street, at 7278 Manchester Road, A Pizza Story will soon move into the space being vacated by Jones Typewriter. A Pizza Story will serve wood-fired pies topped with fresh, local ingredients. The owners are Sherif Nassar, an assistant professor of marketing at Washington University, and Muhammad Alhawagri, a researcher and biologist at Washington University.

Spring 2014: Empire Cafe, slated to open in spring 2014 at the corner of Texas and Cherokee streets, is the most recent addition to St. Louis’ growing cadre of sustainable eateries. The building itself, taking the place of the former Empire Sandwich Shop, will be built from re-purposed shipping containers and will feature a variety of dining spaces, including a large patio, counter seating and a mezzanine-style upper patio. The restaurant will position itself as a community cafe, offering a rotating menu of international street food using local ingredients sourced from local purveyors with an emphasis on sustainability, seasonality and health-consciousness.
2622 Cherokee St., 314.773.9999

Image courtesy of Empire Cafe.

Image courtesy of Empire Cafe.

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