Openings/Closings: The Nest, Planter's House And Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant
Monday, Dec. 2: The Nest, a family-focused restaurant that doubles as a community center and membership club opened earlier this week in Frontenac. With this venture, owner Christina McHugh brings a modern and sophisticated approach to the kid-friendly eatery. Parents no longer have to deal with greasy pizza and sticky arcade games on a family day out.
The Nest’s shabby chic décor offers a refreshing change of pace, as does the menu’s focus on fresh, healthy ingredients. Executive chef Chris Vommund has created internationally inspired dishes that accommodate vegetarian, paleo and gluten-free diets. Local ingredients and bold flavors take center stage in every section of the menu, but none as important as the dishes offered to kids, like The Egg and Bacon Bunny, gluten-free house-made chicken tenders, and Ants on a Log. And there are plenty of engaging and educational activities to help the kiddos burn off their energy, perhaps while mom and dad take up a yoga class at the center.
10440 German Blvd., Frontenac
Thursday, Dec. 5: Planter’s House—the brainchild of local bar master Ted Kilgore and his wife and bartender extraordinaire, Jamie Kilgore—officially opens tomorrow night. ALIVE contributor Matt Sorrell wrote about the much-anticipated watering hole in our September issue, priming readers for “a relatively low-key cocktail menu of 12 or so libations, plus a champagne-heavy wine selection and 12 beers on tap, most of which are local brews,” as well as, “…modern takes on rustic American fare—simple, but with the best ingredients, including game dishes such as quail and rabbit.”
You can also expect some serious know-how behind the bar, as Kilgore has gathered a rock star team of mixology talent to collaborate with him and his wife, including Matt Obermark, Travis Garner, Matt Sorrell, Mandi Kowlaski and Will Fischer.
1000 Mississippi Ave., Lafayette Square
Thursday, Dec. 12: Internationally award-winning Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant will open its first St. Louis location next week in Town & Country. The upscale chain is revered for its American cuisine and 50-plus varietals of private labeled wines, a portfolio that has garnered over 200 awards worldwide.
The new restaurant will inhabit a 9,000-square-foot space that will accommodate a 300-guest dining room, a Napa-style tasting room, fully stocked bar, outdoor patio and private event space. Cooper’s Hawk is also famous for its wine club, which offers members monthly selections, access to exclusive discounts and events, and yearly trips to domestic and international wine destinations.
1146 Town and Country Crossing Drive, Town & Country, 636.489.0059
Nov. 30: Kelly English Steakhouse, Hollywood Casino, Maryland Heights