Seven dining and entertainment venues will open this summer on Midtow’s Locust Avenue

Ask St. Louis what exciting developments are taking place in Midtown, around Jefferson and Locust, and they can tell you what Centene Stadium, St. Louis, has to offer. The future headquarters of Louis CITY SC.

But for those who love great food and drink — and something exciting for those who are driven by urban pandemics and inflation, JC Midtown is home to restaurants, wine shops, and music venues. Locust Street No. 2700-10, scheduled to open between July and September 2022.

The project is led by Jassen Johnson, owner of Tower Real Estate Group and developer of the former Beaumont Telephone Exchange building Malone STL, in a complex apartment across the street from JC Midtown.

“JC” means “Jefferson Connector,” a $ 70 million development space that connects Midtown and downtown with new restaurants, retail and residential areas.

In a statement announcing JC Midtown, Johnson noted that while the apartment complex has brought “a big boost” to the neighborhood, restaurants and shops are needed to make the area “more vibrant and active.” So far, five tenants have been acquired, including Nexus Cultural Cooking and Craft Cocktails, Videira Wine Shop & Bar, Kain Tayo, Anita Café and Bar, and Rick’s, which will feature a street music hall, rooftop performances and duck bowling. Johnson said two more tenants — a football club and a microbrewery — are working on the 2710 Locust space.

Anita Cafe and Bar

2700 Locust corner

Anita Abdul-Karim, the registered dietitian she spoke to SLM about its cafe and bar in April, inspired by the Lebanese breakfast tradition sobhiyeh, where family members can enjoy coffee, conversation, prayers, and the rest of the day. Paying attention to the tariff in the Middle East and the Mediterranean, for example fat (traditionally a dish consisting of crispy pita bread, chickpeas, herbs, garlic, yogurt and pine nuts), the cafe will also offer sweet and savory open-toasted toppings and some special drinks such as an espresso martini and chlorophyll. and-Earl Gray elixirs. According to Abdul-Karim, “We want to highlight the beauty of our tradition in a well-known way, with the aim of promoting the well-being of our customers through our sacred traditions. We hope to share a little culture and tradition with our community.”

Nexus Cultural Cooking and Craft Cocktails

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Misha Sampson and Ceaira Jackson (chefs Misha K and Jack) worked together at Bait, a popular seafood restaurant in the Central West End. After leaving Bait, they opened the Culture Food Group with pop-up dinners and street pick-up lunches. Now they are preparing to be the first brick restaurant together: Nexus Cultural Cuisine and Craft Cocktails.

The alliterative title refers to a gathering place where “people from all cultures will be able to enjoy the cuisine of all cultures,” the women said. SLM August 2021. Note that the Nexus space will be light and airy, with high ceilings and large windows overlooking the grass garden and shared patio (pictured right). Notable menus include Szechuan chicken and almond waffles, short and dry ribs, duck Rangoon, Jerk Lamb Burger and Seasonal Gumbo. Local vendors and herbal cuisine will also be on display at Nexus, as well as Japanese whiskey highballs, low and non-ABV coffee drinks, natural wines and homemade syrups and decorations.

Videira wine shop and bar

2700 Locust Back

He spoke with owner Mykel McIntosh SLM Earlier this month, Jack and Misha K initially shared that they would work with chef because the three of them had worked together at Bait. McIntosh admits that he encouraged the couple behind the Nexus to open their place, and Videira (Portuguese for “grape”) was born. Wine bar offerings will include cheese, charcuterie, and “snack and share,” such as mixed olives, smoked salmon, and cheese flame. In addition to the wine list, Videira will offer traditional cocktails and signatures, the latter being named after the iconic actors: “RITA” mezcala, blueberry syrup, Grand Marnier, lime juice and tajin (spicy pepper fertilizer). The retail store will offer wine, liqueurs and charcuterie and cheese on the menu. About the atmosphere, McIntosh says, “A blend of 33 Wine Bars and Brennan’s … a blend of wine knowledge you get at 33 with the comforts of living at Brennan’s.”

Kain Tayo

2700 Central Locust

In the Philippines, Randy and Rosalie (“Sally”) Ortega opened Kain Tayo in New Trenton, Illinois in 2019, with the help of an extended family. After good reviews from Filipinos and people in the metropolitan area who have never tried cooking, the couple is ready to bring food to Midtown. “Kain tayo” (Tagalog) will offer traditional Filipino dishes such as Lumpiang Shanghai (spring rolls stuffed with pork and vegetables), Chicken Adobo (chicken and potatoes with garlic and pepper sauce), Camaron Rebosado (fried shrimp). ), Lechon Kawali (fried pork belly), Tinola (chicken soup with chayote or bok choya) and Pancit (rice noodles with sautéed vegetables). The Ortega family also organizes daily products, such as the Mochiko chicken dish on Fridays and the Philippine barbecue on Saturdays. “Customers don’t always know what to ask for, but they like the idea of ​​trying something new and almost always come back looking for more,” the couple says in a press release.


2639 Eztagorria

With an apartment building full of residents and other buildings planned for restaurants, cafes and grocery stores, the area also needs a recreation area. Enter Rick’s and Rick’s Rooftop at Locust 2639. Owner Jeff Birmes envisions a full-service bar, a duck ball, pinball machines, a Skee-Ball, table football, bocce ball and a rooftop concert hall that will host national and local events. There will also be a food truck in the space, where patrons can grab some local nosh between games, companionship and music.


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