Meet Yellowbelly: Retreat Gastropub Owners Open New Restaurant with an ‘Island Twist’

In 2015, Travis Howard and Tim Wiggins—co-founders of On-Point Hospitality—opened Central West End restaurant Retreat Gastropub and since has gathered up an impressive list of accolades in St. Louis, such as Best New Restaurant and Best Bartender (Wiggins) by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Riverfront Times, respectively. Now, the duo has a new location in the neighborhood, Yellowbelly, set to open Sept. 17.

While Retreat Gastropub serves as a modern American pub where guests can enjoy craft cocktails, beer and American-style cuisine, Yellowbelly will take on an island-inspired twist. Howard and Wiggins has invited Richard Blais onboard to develop the unique menu. Blais was the fourth runner-up on the television show Top Chef and later returned to win the show’s All Star season. “We think of island-inspired on a global scale,” Richard Blais said in a press release. “As the menu develops, guests may see influences from an island off the coast of North Carolina to the Caribbean.”

Sample items from the menu include tomato and watermelon poke, Hawaiian macaroni salad and bone-in tuna chop. The restaurant’s cocktails will also take on a twist with Wiggins curating a special menu that includes drinks mixed with Jamaican and Puerto Rican rums, grapefruit, carrots and more. Howard and Wiggins also commissioned St. Louis-based artist Noah McMillan to create custom murals for its newest location.

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Blais will be in attendance for Yellowbelly’s Sept. 17 opening. The restaurant will be open seven days a week from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., with goals to expand to brunch and lunch in the following months. It is located on 4659 Lindell Blvd.

All photos courtesy of Yellowbelly. 

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