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The Scoop: Clayton debuts pop-up sidewalk seating with parklets

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

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Clayton’s first foray into pop-up sidewalk seating was recently unveiled in front of Barcelona Tapas. It’s called a parklet and the public space seating can seat up to 14 people, as reported by St. Louis Magazine. The expandable patio measures 6.6-by-18 feet, about the size of two parallel parking spots.

“This is the king of the parklet pilot program,” said George Ertle, assistant to the city manager in Clayton. “We’ll see if it’s an idea worth pursuing.”

Ertle said the parklet idea came from committee meetings for Clayton’s Strategic Planning Process, dubbed “C the Future.” Frank Schmitz, owner of Barcelona Tapas, said he had seen parklets popping up in his travels to various cities over the past three years, prompting him to bring up the idea while serving on the committee.

Designed by Tao+Lee Associates and built by Pinnacle Contracting for Clayton, the project cost about $30,000. The parklet is made of pine wood sideboards, a galvanized steel ramp for the walkway from the street to the portable street seating, and Trex composite decking for the flooring, that will stay cool when it’s hot outside.

“It’s a public space, but the city allows Barcelona Tapas to use it,” Schmitz said, noting that people can enjoy the parklet with or without ordering from the restaurant. He said the tiny addition to the alfresco seating on North Central Avenue has been well-received, with people eating, socializing and relaxing.

The lighter traffic flow on North Central Avenue and its narrow sidewalks make it a good spot to test the parklet prototype, Ertle said, adding that several nearby restaurants have expressed interest in using them as well.

“They’re aimed at being both business and resident friendly. Parklets absolutely enhance a restaurant or shop,” Schmitz said. “But it’s a learning process for everyone. It’s a big question of how these will be financed in the future.”

The Scoop: Restaurateur Frank Schmitz to operate garden cafe at Shaw Park

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Visitors to Shaw Park in Clayton will soon have an outdoor eating option. A garden cafe, located in the Century Garden area – between the ice rink and the swimming pool on Brentwood Boulevard – will make its debut at the park this summer.

Some weeks ago, the city of Clayton issued a request for proposal from a food vendor, as reported by the Clayton-Richmond Heights Patch and West End Word. The vendor selected was Sits n’ Bits, the catering arm of restaurateurs Frank Schmitz and his wife Eloise, owners of Barcelona and Bocci Bar and co-owners of Coastal Bistro & Bar, all located on Central Avenue in downtown Clayton.

The 40-seat cafe’s name and menu are still to be determined, although Schmitz noted that during the eatery’s first season, the cafe will likely “cater to people already in the park: parents with kids in the playground, people on the ball field,” and serve “stadium-type food products.” Schmitz added that other factors such as equipment, power and water supply will also determine the food offerings at the cafe, which currently does not have its own dedicated structure. Among beverages, wine and beer will be available.

Sits n’ Bits has also been contracted to operate concessions at Shaw Park pool, which opens this Saturday. Schmitz added that visitors to the pool concessions will now be able to pay via credit card and that pre-loaded gift cards for concessions will also be available.

Although details are still being finalized, according to Pattie DeForrest, director of parks and recreation for Clayton, the cafe will operate only on weekends, with tentative hours of Friday from mid-afternoon until 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Clayton Restaurant Week returns to get you out of your winter restaurant rut

Friday, January 14th, 2011

11411_CRWHaven’t had time to get away for a nice dinner lately? Is there a great restaurant you’ve been hoping to try but can’t justify shelling out the extra cash? Or, as the temperature drops, are you just stuck in a take-out rut? Well, fret not: Clayton Restaurant Week is returning for a little bit of culinary salvation.

Just like last year, diners can show up to several Clayton restaurants from Jan. 24 to 30, to enjoy a three-course meal for just $25. The list of restaurants this year is at 19, with a smorgasbord of cuisines available. Grab shrimp gyoza and the Erik Johnson Roll (filled with crab, cucumber, avocado, cream cheese, tuna, salmon, eel sauce, house-made creamy wasabi sauce and special seasoning) at Tani Sushi Bistro, enjoy lobster bisque and scallop of pork loin Zingara at the legendary Chez Leon or get a taste of Italy with  house-made gnocchi, lamb ragout and lemon-herb ricotta at Luciano’s Trattoria. Salivating yet?

Even better: Sip on a Pearl Vodka cocktail or a glass of Casa Lapostolle wine at a special restaurant week price. Not sure what to with all that cash you’ll be saving? Put it to good use by adding a few bucks to your bill for KidSmart, a charity which provides school supplies and educational resources to thousands of local students each week.

Here’s the full list of restaurants participating this year: Alexander’s, Araka, Bar Napoli, Barcelona, Bar Napoli, Cardwell’s, Chez Leon, J. Buck’s, Jimmy’s On The Park, Luciano’s Trattoria, Mazara, Mosaic Bistro Market, Oceano Bistro, Portabella, Remy’s Kitchen & Wine Bar, Roxanne, Ruth’s Chris, Tani Sushi Bistro, The Crossing and The Grill at The Ritz-Carlton.

With such a great deal available to all hungry St. Louisans, reservations are highly recommended. For more information, or just to drool over the slated menus, click here.

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