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The Scoop: Old Standard Fried Chicken to close

July 26th 01:07pm, 2016



Nearly two years after first flipping on the fryers, Old Standard Fried Chicken will shutter its doors after brunch service on Sunday, July 31. Owner Ben Poremba announced the closure today, July 26.

“It is a business decision,” Poremba said. “It wasn’t doing what we wanted it to do or fitting in with our general strategy.”

Poremba opened the fried chicken restaurant in Botanical Heights across the street from his two flagship restaurants, Elaia and Olio, in October 2014. Sauce reviewed the restaurant in March 2015.

Poremba, who also owns Parigi and co-owns La Patisserie Chouquette, said the space at 1621 Tower Grove Ave., will not sit idle long. He will announce a new concept, as well as any personnel changes or transitions, in the next week or so.

It’s been a busy year for Poremba. He opened his Italian concept, Parigi, in Clayton in February, and in June, he handed the executive chef role at Elaia and Olio to Ben Grupe in order to shift his focus from chef to restaurateur.


-photo by Michelle Volansky 



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2 Responses to “The Scoop: Old Standard Fried Chicken to close”

  1. Sean Says:
    July 26th, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    The food was okay, but much too expensive for what it was. After my first visit shortly after it opened, I never had a great desire or reason to go back. I certainly wish them well with their next venture and hope it is both good food and good value.

  2. Justin Says:
    July 26th, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Sad, this is one of my favorites. Yes a bit pricey, but the chicken was always moist on inside, crispy on outside and not greasy like other fine STL joints.

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