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The Scoop: Demun Oyster Bar opens today

December 23rd 12:12pm, 2010

122310_oystersSeafood lovers have been anxiously awaiting the opening of Demun Oyster Bar and the day has finally arrived. Owner Alan Richman has finished construction at 740 Demun Ave., and the stylish art nouveau décor – plus a tightly focused food and drink menu – make this Clayton spot a must-visit destination.

The very impressive space features: reclaimed French tiles (circa 1880); custom-designed windows that will create a canopy for patio patrons come spring; a wall of mirrors – a collection of looking glasses of all shapes and sizes – that reflect the glow cast from numerous century-old lighting fixtures; a fabulous semi-circular, copper-paneled bar behind which sits a smaller semi-circular shucking station, the bent glass having been custom-designed by folks from Third Degree Glass Factory.

After you “ooh” and “aah” over the space, it’s time to grab an oyster fork. Richman said he will usually have five types of oysters available from a rotating list of nine, though at last night’s soft opening, only Olympia, Kumo and Shigoku were available. Oysters on the half-shell will generally run $3 to $3.50 per oyster, but you can find oysters any which way: fried, grilled or stuffed into a po’ boy, along with other seafood offerings like steamed mussels and clams, pan-seared scallops or shrimp cocktail. Chef Je Kang, who has been working for Richman since the opening of Sasha’s on Shaw, heads up the kitchen, and The Scoop agrees with St. Louis Magazine’s George Mahe that Kang’s oyster chowder was delightful; no skimping on meaty oysters.

On the drink side, patrons will find a wide selection – by the glass and bottle – of Champagne and sparkling, white or red wine. Bar manager and sommelier Chad George has also created a nice lineup of specialty cocktails, our fave being the winter-perfect sipper Crispin’s Manuscript, a mix of rye whiskey, cherry liqueur, lemon and Crispin Brut cider.

Demun Oyster Bar opens today at 6 p.m., although regular hours of operation will be 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. daily. Yep, even Sundays and Mondays. In January, Richman plans to extend to lunch hours, opening at 11 a.m.

By Ligaya Figueras

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One Response to “The Scoop: Demun Oyster Bar opens today”

  1. Sauce Magazine Blog » Blog Archive » The Scoop: Fitz’s founder quietly returning a Delmar original to its roots Says:
    March 15th, 2011 at 11:23 am

    [...] the business early on, Alter and Richman (the latter owns Sasha’s Wine Bar, Sasha’s on Shaw and Demun Oyster Bar) worked throughout the 1990s to develop Fitz’s as an anchor in The Loop. The entrepreneurs sold [...]

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