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The Scoop: J. Devoti Grocery to open inside Five Bistro

April 17th 10:04am, 2015



{Anthony Devoti’s grandfather (third from left) with employees from the original J. Devoti Grocery}


Five Bistro chef-owner Anthony Devoti is set to resurrect a family tradition this May. Devoti’s great-grandfather, Joe Devoti, opened J. Devoti Grocery off Olive Boulevard after immigrating to St. Louis from Italy, and his son (Anthony Devoti’s grandfather) operated it for decades. More than 100 years later, the fourth generation is bringing back the J. Devoti’s inside his restaurant.

The permanent grocery will replace Devoti’s rotating pop-up concept on the bar side of Five. The grocery will feature a small, carefully selected stock of local cheese, wine, produce, canned and preserved offerings from the restaurant’s ample garden and baked treats – including those famous macarons – from pastry chef (and a member of this year’s Ones to Watch class) Britt Simpson.

“I’ve wanted to do something like this for three years,” Devoti said. “My aunt recently showed me this picture and I thought, ‘This is it.’ It’s all really worked and is a family thing.”

It’s also a staff thing. Devoti said the crew at Five Bistro supports the idea, and now that he is not on the line every night, he can focus on expanding the retail side. Part of that expansion, he said, will include the addition of Saturday lunch featuring burgers made with house-butchered beef. Devoti also hopes to add a lamb burger using Jenna Pohl’s Midwest Lamb. Pohl is also a member of the 2015 Ones to Watch Class.

“You can spend Saturday hitting all the shops on The Hill, then hit us for some boutique olive oil and a burger,” Devoti said. “This really fits our beliefs of selling properly made, top-quality food.”


By Kristin Schultz

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2 Responses to “The Scoop: J. Devoti Grocery to open inside Five Bistro”

  1. Elizabeth grill Says:
    April 19th, 2015 at 3:16 am

    Hey, it’s great to see this pic as its my grandparents and great uncles and aunts !!
    I’ll be coming by to check out the restaurant some time! Best of luck and thanks for making my day, it’s strange to see an old pic of your family pop up on your Facebook feed!!

  2. julie ridlon Says:
    April 24th, 2015 at 11:31 am

    YES burgers regularly and not late night…..bonus cool store

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