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The Scoop: The Shack Pub Grub in Midtown to serve high-end grill fare at college-kid prices

June 5th 01:06pm, 2012

The SLU community will soon have a new eating and drinking option. The Shack Pub Grub is taking the space at 3818 Laclede Ave., as reported by St. Louis Magazine’s George Mahe. Although plans hadn’t been finalized at the time, Brant Baldanza, who is spearheading the project, has just confirmed the deal. The building has been home to numerous bar and grills over the years, including current occupant Pierre Laclede’s Pub & Eatery (pictured). Tomorrow is Pierre Laclede’s last day of service.

Baldanza, who is co-owner of The Tavern Kitchen & Bar in Valley Park and The Corner Pub & Grill locations in Kirkwood and Chesterfield, explained that The Shack Pub Grub will combine the neighborhood feel of The Corner Pub with the chef-driven techniques and ingredients showcased at The Tavern but “still be moderately priced.” The menu, created by The Tavern’s executive chef and co-owner Justin Haifley, will include five to six types of burgers made with meat ground in-house as well as stuffed sandwiches that feature meat roasted and smoked in-house, house-made slaw and fresh-cut fries. “It’s all stuffed into the sandwich,” explained Baldanza. Other selections will include pizzas with a house-made crust as well as salads and health-minded sandwiches.

 According to Baldanza, his goal isn’t for The Shack Pub Grub to be just any old bar and grill, rather, a place that students at SLU “can call their own.” He isn’t looking to replace Humphrey’s, the ever-popular bar nearby, either. “Humphrey’s is still a great bar,” Baldanza said. “I look at that as more of a place to go drink. This is going to be eat first, drink second – or a combination of both.” Baldanza likened his vision for the restaurant to the way Shakespeare’s Pizza serves the Mizzou crowd in Columbia. “I gotta swing by The Shack and get a Shack burger,” is what Baldanza hopes students will say for years to come.

Baldanza told The Scoop that construction will begin as soon as Laclede’s closes tomorrow. While the interior will undergo a redesign, featuring tables designed by Baldanza himself, he’s particularly excited about the addition of retractable garage doors that will open to an 80- to 100-seat patio. “We’re in St. Louis. You have to take full advantage of every nice day that you’ve got,” he noted. Look for Midtown’s newest eatery to open doors as early as August 15 and no later than September 1.

By Ligaya Figueras

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