A Peek Inside Anew In The Grand Center Arts District

 In Feature, Food

Corporate test kitchens are often bastions of secrecy where new recipes and product formulations are tweaked, but the Anew Rooftop Restaurant and Test Kitchen turns that model on its head. Experimentation by its resident and featured chefs happens in the bright glow of events, hosted either on the first-floor storefront eatery or the rooftop indoor/outdoor party space.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri added the Anew concept to its headquarters building in an effort to  foster relationships within the community—happening  at  events like the monthly Happy Hours for a Cause. Other featured chefs bring in their own cuisine and clientele, including Dave Bailey (Rooster, Baileys’ Range, L’Acadiane), Mandy Estrella (Plantain Girl) and Reine Bayoc (SweetArt), whose specialties extend from vegan dishes to sweets to burgers.

Guests may not know it, but the building is also a historic landmark. Big Brothers Big Sisters renovated Grand Center’s former Woolworth Building in 2007 to commemorate its legacy as the site of sit-ins and protests against racial segregation. Its bright, street-side restaurant and airy rooftop welcome everyone for dialogue across communal tables.

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519 N. Grand Blvd.

While You’re In The Neighborhood, Visit …

BaiKu Sushi
Get revved up for sushi at this motorcycle-themed lounge, with its highly experienced chefs and commitment to delicious, authentic cuisine.

3407 Olive St.

Vito’s Sicilian Pizzeria & Ristorante
Pizza may be your first thought when Vito’s comes to mind, but the pastas and entrees are equally good for pre-show dinners.

3515 Lindell Blvd.

Small Batch
Come in for the creative plant-based dishes, then stay for the lengthy list of whiskeys, bourbons and ryes.

3001 Locust St.

This story originally appeared in ALIVE’s GUIDED: Grand Center Arts District. Subscribe to ALIVE and pick up your complimentary copy of GUIDED: Grand Center Arts District at one of these venues.


Photography by Carmen Troesser.

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