Too Much is Never Enough
The Gamlin brothers go all in on two new projects.
Brothers Derek and Lucas Gamlin have enjoyed much success with Sub Zero, their restaurant and vodka bar in the Central West End. But after nine years, they decided it was time to branch out—and they’ve done so in a big way. “We finally got Sub Zero where we wanted it with our last expansion, which we finished last year,” says Lucas Gamlin. While the brothers toyed with the idea of opening other Sub Zero locations, they’d always wanted to do a whiskey and steakhouse concept. When the old Liluma space became available earlier this year, they knew the time was right, and Gamlin Whiskey House was born—a classic pairing of beef and booze with an intimate ambience.
While the whiskey house was underway, the brothers got the opportunity to pull off another concept that’s near to their hearts: a tiki bar. It was a chance they couldn’t pass up. “I’ve always had a great passion for tiki bars, and there isn’t one in St. Louis,” Gamlin says.
They partnered with the owners of Premium Lounge, located in The Grove neighborhood, to reimagine and revamp that property. The collaboration resulted in Taha’a Twisted Tiki. The hotspot includes tons of island ambiance and a drink menu heavy on the tropical libations. “We think it’s a great fit for the neighborhood,” Gamlin says.
To handle this sudden influx of activity, the Gamlins hired Ivy Magruder (formerly of Vin De Set) and Lisa Fernandez-Cruz (formerly of The Restaurant at The Cheshire) as the executive chef and executive pastry chef, respectively, over all three concepts.
?As if setting those projects in motion weren’t enough, the brothers have also increased their visibility at the Edward Jones Dome, where they’ve had concessions for the past three years. The recent expansion includes two 50-yard-line bars on the Club level, in addition to the suite on the Suite level, and renewal of their contract there for another five years. Not to leave hockey fans high and dry, they’ve entered into a four -year agreement with the Blues to create a similar suite at Scottrade Center. “It’s a really great way for us to get our brand out there,” Gamlin says of the sports partnerships.
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