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The Scoop: Monarch to shutter in March

February 23rd 04:02pm, 2012

Monarch is closing. After a search to move the Maplewood restaurant to a smaller location over the past year, owners Jeff Orbin and Aaron Teitelbaum have decided to close the restaurant that has stood at 7401 Manchester Road for the last nine years, according to a press release sent out this afternoon. Orbin and Teitelbaum, who also own Herbies in the Central West End, explained that a trio of problems – poor economic conditions, the sheer size of the restaurant and the “multitude of discount dining deal programs” – led to their decision.

“Unfortunately, the St. Louis dining population has been unable to adequately support a restaurant of our caliber and size, in our current location on a consistent basis,” the release said.

Executive chef Josh Galliano, who was named a semifinalist for a 2012 James Beard Foundation Award in the Best Chef: Midwest Category just this week, confirmed to The Scoop that, while he doesn’t know what his next moves will be, he plans to stick around.  “I’m privileged to stay in St. Louis to do what I do. I’ve made my culinary reputation in other cities and I’m making it here as a chef.”

There is a ray of sunshine for Orbin and Teitelbaum as well. Amid announcing the closure, Orbin and Teitelbaum also noted that they are looking to launch a new concept in fall 2012, with hopes of making the announcement this summer. Monarch will shutter its doors on Sunday, March 11.

See all our coverage of Monarch here.

By Stacy Schultz

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