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NYC chef David Burke reveals details about upcoming Grand Tavern

Friday, March 2nd, 2018


{ chef David Burke } 


Chef David Burke has opened restaurants all along the East Coast, as well as Chicago, Washington D.C. and Las Vegas. His next project: St. Louis.

Earlier this week, New York-based ESquared Hospitality announced a partnership with Burke to open Grand Tavern by David Burke this fall in the upcoming Angad Arts Hotel in Grand Center. St. Louis-based Lawrence Group is currently developing the property at 634 N. Grand Blvd.

Though St. Louis is a smaller market than some of his other projects, Burke said he’s excited by the opportunities here.

“It’s a smaller market, but I think the markets that are interesting right now are the smaller markets,” he said. “You’re starting to see Austin and Nashville and Charlotte, and St. Louis right there with them, starting to embrace the modern American culinary scene and get behind local restaurants. I’ve opened restaurants in lots of different cities, but I’m pretty excited about getting to know St. Louis.”

Burke described Grand Tavern as casual yet elevated, with food “loosely based” on the fare at his Tavern62 by David Burke in NYC.

“It’s a tavern by name, which means there’s a sense of casualness to it, but on the highest end of what a tavern would be,” Burke said. “We like to give some uniqueness to each property, so we’ll try to fold in some of the local favorites and do a twist on them. We have Pappy’s around the corner, which I couldn’t get into because it was so crowded. I know there’s a nice appetite [in St. Louis] for that type of flavor, so you might see us do something with a smoked or barbecue item on the menu, or maybe we’ll do a gooey butter cake-French toast or something like that.”

Burke is designing the menu, but he will search the area for local talent to helm the Grand Tavern kitchen.

“The best case would be to find someone local who has worked with me in the past or would be willing to come up and spend some time in my NYC or D.C. kitchens,” he said.

Photo courtesy of ESquared Hospitality 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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NYC chef David Burke will open Grand Tavern in Grand Center

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018


{ Chef David Burke } 


A famed East Coast chef will soon set up shop in Grand Center. New York-based ESquared Hospitality announced in a statement today, Feb. 28, that it has partnered with chef David Burke to open Grand Tavern by David Burke in the upcoming Angad Arts Hotel in Grand Center this fall.

St. Louis-based Lawrence Group is currently developing the Angad Arts Hotel at 634 N. Grand Blvd. Burke and ESquared are also partners in Tavern62 by David Burke in NYC and BLT Prime by David Burke in Washington D.C., NYC and Miami.

According to the statement, Grand Tavern will feature a menu of small plates in the bar and lounge area and larger plates in the main dining room. The cuisine will “showcase Chef Burke’s contemporary takes on classic American dishes,” the release stated. Burke and ESquared will also provide food and beverage service for the entire hotel.

Burke has had a storied culinary career. A Culinary Institute of America graduate, he was awarded the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France Diplome d’Honneur while working in France, competed on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” and was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America” in 2009. In 2011, he was awarded a United States patent for his process of dry-aging steaks with pink Himalayan sea salt.

There’s no word yet if a local chef will helm the kitchen once Grand Tavern opens. Lawerence Group referred all inquires to ESquared.

Photo courtesy of ESquared Hospitality 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: New Midtown hotel will include a café

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

042310_culinarchgroupWhen SLU and The Lawrence Group announced on Wednesday their joint plans to develop the Ignacio Hotel, a 51-room boutique hotel in the former Interiors Unlimited Building on Olive Street, we wondered whether food-service plans were more involved than simply creating an interior connection to Triumph Grill on the hotel’s west side. SLU’s director of real estate, Peter Pierotti, responded in the affirmative, stating that there would be space for a café on the south side of the building and that food service would be handled by Triumph Grill. That restaurant is owned by Lawrence Group president Steve Smith.

A call to Lori Dolan of restaurant development and management company Culinarchgroup (formerly known as Culinary Architects) confirmed that she and company president Chris LaRocca would also be involved in this project. LaRocca and Dolan were responsible for the launch of Triumph Grill and Smith’s other restaurant, the recently opened Kota Wood Fire Grill on Grand Boulevard across the street from the Fox Theatre.

“By March of 2011 it should be up and running,” stated Dolan of the new development that adds another dimension to the Grand Center arts district and the eastward expansion of Midtown Alley. “We’re excited about it and it should be a plus for everyone.”

– Ligaya Figueras

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