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The Scoop: Two CWE restaurants debut, plus new noshes at MX Movies

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Fall is in the air. That means lots of new restaurants opening doors and loads of menu changes. The Central West End is seeing the debut of two restaurants, while this weekend moviegoers at MX Movies downtown can watch a flick with some new eat-in-the-dark foods.

091013_johnperkins{Juniper chef-owner John Perkins}


For Entre chef-owner John Perkins, the pop-up has run its course. Agrarian, his latest temporary restaurant, is out, and he’s ready to roost in the space at 360 N. Boyle Ave., with only one concept, as The Scoop first reported, in early September. The restaurant is called Juniper; the focus is southern cuisine. Juniper opened this week and serves dinner Wednesday through Sunday.



101813_gamlin1{A Manhattan featuring hand-selected bourbon at Gamlin Whiskey House (top),  a mint julep (bottom left), a whiskey flight (bottom right) }


On Oct. 21, Gamlin Whiskey House will enter the scene as St. Louis’ first whiskey house. Located at 236 N. Euclid Ave., the highly anticipated restaurant will focus on paring whiskey with creatively prepared comfort food. The bar will have a selection of 270 whiskeys, including its own hand-selected barrels, as well as more than four dozen whiskey-centric cocktails. Helming the kitchen is Ivy Magruder, who recently left his post as exec chef and GM at Vin de Set to join owners Derek and Lucas Gamlin in their new venture. The liquid side of the house is guided by the hand of Dustin Parres, now corporate bar manager for the Gamlin Restaurant Group, which includes Sub Zero and soon-to-open Taha’a Twisted Tiki. During its first week of service, Gamlin Whiskey House will open at 4 p.m. Lunch service will begin the week of Oct. 28.



{MX Movies kitchen leader Jeramy Perry with a spread of flatbread pizzas}


Today marks the newest round of changes to the food at MX Movies. One draw for the theatre when it opened in January was that patrons could have an enhanced experience by ordering bistro-like fare from the touch screen next to their seats instead of munching on typical concession items such as candy and popcorn. Some 10 months after Josh Galliano, consulting chef for MX Movies developed the initial menu, the staff at MX has made tweaks so that “more things are easier to eat in the dark,” said GM Chris Bruemmer. New menu items include shrimp and beef tacos, quesadillas, shrimp cocktail and a variety of flatbread pizzas. Among the latter, try the barbecued chicken, a crisped pita topped with barbecue sauce, southwest-seasoned chicken, bacon, smoked cheddar and red onions.





Best Seat: MX Movies

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Dinner and a movie all in one place? That’s what downtown’s new MX Movies does best. Luxurious theaters playing all the latest flicks mean the hard part is picking your movie, not your seat. Each two-seat pod is decked out with a digital ordering tablet and swing out trays, making it easy to dine on truffle-salted popcorn, braised beef or Crown Candy chocolate. Theater-wide stadium seating makes every seat great with tons of legroom, but to avoid the occasional head in front of the screen from a passing waiter or waitress, try the center pods in row G of the mid-size theater.

MX Movies, 618 Washington Ave., St. Louis, 314.222.2994, mxstlmovies.com

— photo by Jonathan Gayman

Sneak Peek: MX Movies in-theater dining offers ultimate cinema experience

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Josh Galliano played a supporting role as chef de cuisine at the now defunct An American Place when he relocated to St. Louis from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. He then took over as leading man at Monarch. Last year, with his fried chicken and gumbo pop-up restaurants, he proved he can be both actor and director. Now, with the new MX Movies opening downtown at 7th Street and Washington Avenue this week, Galliano will unveil his latest project: to write a script that unites food and film for the ultimate movie experience.

For a sneak peek at what awaits when the MX Movies box office opens to the general public this Friday, head to the Sauce Facebook page.

Sneak Peek: Robust downtown

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Robust’s new location is opening this weekend. The restaurant, wine bar and gift shop, owned by Stanley and Arlene Browne, is located at 635 Washington Ave. Robust is part of the Mercantile Exchange, a block of property located downtown between 6th and 7th Streets that includes a Pi PizzeriaMX Movies and will soon house several more restaurants, stores and The National Blues Museum.

The Browne’s hope to have their new Robust location open for regular service as early as tomorrow night, but they suggest calling ahead at 314.287.6300.

Hours of operation will be similar to Robust’s Webster Groves location. The restaurant and wine bar will be open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Check Robust’s website for hours for the gift shop.

From the architecture to the locally designed tabletops to the original artwork, find a sneak peek of Robust on our Facebook page.

— photos by Michelle Volanksy

The Scoop: Josh Galliano goes to the movies

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Josh Galliano, former executive chef at the now-defunct Monarch restaurant, was recently hired as chef for MX Movies. MX Movies, located at 7th Street and Washington Avenue, is part of the Mercantile Exchange, a property downtown between 6th and 7th Streets that includes a Pi Pizzeria and will soon house several more restaurants, stores and The National Blues Museum.

Galliano’s role as chef will be to design and execute MX’s menu, which will be served in the bar and lounge area in addition to the three movie theaters. “Designing the men is in draft phase now, but as far as the concept goes, we’re trying to showcase a lot of Midwestern flavors in an inexpensive-causal bistro menu format,” Galliano said. “Granted,” he explained, “the environment [eating in a movie theatre] is not bistro, so we are focusing on easy-to-eat food – hearty flavors that are easy to share.”

As Galliano spoke with The Scoop, he was on his way to look at sample trays for the theater, prototypes that will function both as a tray for the food to be transported on and an armrest-style table for the food to be set upon. “There’s a lot of cool technology going on now,” Galliano said, referring to the E-tablet interface that will allow moviegoers to order their food without interruption from a server. After the food is delivered, he explained, “Servers can go back into the shadows, so to speak, so you can keep enjoying the movie.”

Galliano’s plan right now is to get MX’s food program off the ground and on two solid feet. “My relationship is an ongoing one,” he said. “My name is attached to this, so I don’t want to see it fall apart.” Once the program is running smoothly, Galliano hopes to move to more of a supervisor role and then “whole-heartedly find my location for my own restaurant.”

For the past several months, Galliano has hosted a handful of one-day pop-up restaurants around town, a project he’s decided to stop for the time being. “They are so draining (in a good way), but they consume so much time,” he noted. “I’m drawing a line in the sand a little bit; I just can’t do that much.”

Galliano hopes to debut some of MX’s food options in mid-December and launch the full menu on the first of the year.

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