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The Scoop: The Capital Grille will open first St. Louis-area location

Thursday, July 20th, 2017



National steakhouse chain The Capital Grille will soon open its 57th location –  and the first in the St. Louis area – in the former J. Buck’s space at 101 S. Hanley Road in Clayton in mid-September.

According to managing partner Geoff Dill, who will also be the onsite manager, the restaurant group turned its eyes to the St. Louis market after 17 successful years in Kansas City. “It was only a matter of time before we opened one on the other side of the state,” Dill said.

The restaurant will feature traditional steakhouse options, including large cuts aged up to 24 days in-house, as well as seafood, vegetarian options and seasonally and locally sourced produce.

The 8,700-square-foot space will be open for lunch and dinner, and will accommodate up to 250 people and offer four private dining rooms. Dill said the interior would be modern and upscale but remain approachable and comfortable. He said the company likes to make each restaurant unique to the city it’s located in.

“There will be a lot of pictures and memorabilia celebrating all things St. Louis,” he said.

Additionally, Dill said the large bar will be a focal piece that will grab guests’ attention when they enter. The full bar program will feature an award-winning wine list as well as plenty of cocktails, like one of the restaurant’s best-sellers, the Stoli Doli made with Stolichnaya vodka infused with pineapple.

“We pour so many it could serve the entire country of Iceland for one night,” Dill said.

Photo courtesy of The Capital Grille

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Former J. Buck’s chef Patrick Viehmann steps into Seamus McDaniel’s

Monday, February 8th, 2016



Former J. Buck’s executive chef Patrick Viehmann took his experience at the now-shuttered Clayton restaurant to Dogtown in January when he joined Seamus McDaniel’s as general manager. Viehmann said he plans to keep Seamus’ family traditions alive and said he hasn’t changed the Dogtown institution since his arrival.

“One thing I don’t want to do is make an abundance of changes to a restaurant that has already succeeded,” Viehmann said, adding that some patrons may have feared he would shake things up. Viehmann said he will keep the integrity of the food, staff and overall feel of Seamus, but he is working on additions to the menu.

Owner Susan Venincasa said Viehmann will balance his abilities and customer expectations. “He made a commitment to me to enhance Seamus with his skills and experience, but to keep the menu and integrity the same,” Venincasa said. “I’m very excited for him to be here.”



The Scoop: J. Buck’s and Joe Buck’s to close for good Oct. 30

Friday, October 9th, 2015




As the post-season gets underway, a longtime Caridinals-themed eatery prepares to bid farewell. Owner Doug Albrecht has decided to shutter both J. Buck’s in Clayton and Joe Buck’s in downtown St. Louis at the end of October. Lunch and dinner will be served for the final time on Oct. 30.

Citing increased operational costs, spokesperson Courtney Muller said the leases at both locations were due for renewal at the beginning of November and would not be resigned. “It is a good time to move forward,” Mueller said. “(Albrecht) felt like this was a good time to go out on a high note with another Cardinals post-season.”

Buck’s opened in Clayton in 1999, while Joe Buck’s opened downtown in 2008, the same year Albrecht took ownership. “We’ve had an incredible run of providing a wonderful gathering place for families and visitors to enjoy a great meal and create memories,” Albrecht said in a press release.

Gift card holders are encouraged to visit during the baseball post-season to redeem remaining balances. Those who cannot will be able to receive a refund of the balance after Oct. 30.

Albrecht was not immediately available for additional comment.


Drink This Weekend Edition: Picking the perfect Thanksgiving red

Friday, November 18th, 2011

111811_deBardosUndecided about which red wines to uncork this Thanksgiving? Rather than fret over which labels will grace the table, why not have some fun doing a bit of last-minute, hands-on “research?” (That’s what we call it, anyway.) This weekend, hit up the restaurants and bars mentioned below to sip and savor some of our top red nominees – and, if you like what you taste, pick up a bottle or two for your Turkey Day affair.

Argentinean Malbec enthusiasts can cozy up at Cork Wine Bar in Ferguson with a bottle of Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec. It’s full-bodied, round as can be and chock-full of deep, dark fruits. Just drinking it makes us feel like we’re on top of the world – like those Malbec grapes grown in the sky-high vineyards of Mendoza.

Like it? Pick up a bottle at The Wine Merchant, 20 S. Hanley Road, Clayton, 314.863.6282

Spanish oenophiles should stop by Salt in the Central West End and try a bottle of just-arrived De Bardos Ars Suprema. This Tempranillo, made with grapes hand-selected from four vineyards of Spain’s Ribera del Duero region, spends 18 months in new French oak and boasts some truly intense black fruit, coffee and cocoa notes, along with spunky spice and smoke. There’s a reason they call this wine (one of four in the De Bardos Ars series) “suprema” – so expect to cough up a pretty penny for it.

Like it? Pick up a bottle at The Vino Gallery, 4701 McPherson Ave., St. Louis, 314.932.5665

For a crowd-pleasing domestic choice, consider Estancia. This California winery produces quality, affordable wines and the portfolio is broad enough to appeal to just about everyone. When it comes to reds, our favorite is the cabernet sauvignon of Paso Robles appellation. This crimson wine will win you over with its black cherry, currant and chocolate flavors, dense body and long, rich finish. Enjoy a glass of Estancia Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon at Jimmy’s on the Park, J. Buck’s Clayton or Joe Buck’s Downtown or a bottle at Sidney Street Cafe.

Like it? Pick up a bottle at most Dierbergs locations

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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