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Sneak Peek: Three Kings Public House in Des Peres

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

In March, The Scoop announced that Three Kings Public House, a gastro pub located at 6307 Delmar Blvd., in The Loop, would open a second location in Des Peres. After months renovating the former Mosaic space at 11925 Manchester Road, pub owners Ryan Pinkston, Derek Deavers and Derek Flieg are ready to open doors.

Regulars of The Loop locale can find their favorite dishes from the Three Kings’ menu at the new location, as there are few differences between the two food menus. On the beverage side, craft beer options are deeper at the Des Peres location, which offers 30 beers on tap compared to the two dozen at its sister spot in University City.

The most dramatic difference between the venues is the space itself. Gone is the open kitchen from Mosaic’s run in this strip mall. Instead, a wall divides the 140-seat space between the dining area and the bar section. Reclaimed wood holds court on both sides – on the walls, tables and flooring – with material that hails from torn down city churches and regional barns. A wooden wall also privatizes the patio and decreases noise from busy Manchester Road. Here’s what you’ll find when Three Kings Public House opens Monday, Oct. 6:



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-photos by Ligaya Figueras

The Scoop: Three Kings Public House to open a second location in Des Peres

Monday, March 17th, 2014


{From left: Derek Deavers, Derek Flieg and Ryan Pinkston}


Since opening in 2011, Three Kings Public House has garnered a reputation as a fun neighborhood bar serving quality food and fine craft brews in The Loop. Now, co-owners Ryan Pinkston, Derek Deavers and Derek Flieg are looking to bring that same neighborhood bar feel to Des Peres.

Three Kings is opening a second location at 11925 Manchester Road, in the space formerly occupied by the now-defunct Mosaic, as reported by St. Louis Magazine’s George Mahe. June 1 is the target opening date. “That’s an aggressive timeline, but we feel we can get it done,” Pinkston said. “We feel that, right now, there is a good market out there for what we are doing.”

Three Kings fans can expect numerous similarities between the two locations. Pinkston said the Des Peres spot will have “the same look with the wood and the brick” as its sister restaurant in University City, where old photographs of The Loop pay homage to the history of the neighborhood. Although design is still to be determined at the Des Peres space, items from that neck of the woods could make an appearance. “Hopefully we can track down something,” Pinkson said. “We definitely want the people of Des Peres to feel this is their neighborhood bar.”

The majority of the food on the menu will be similar to the current Loop menu. The bar will have between 20 to 25 craft beers on tap, as well as a dozen or more bottled beers, primarily domestic brews. A cellar list is available at the Delmar watering hole, but Pinkston did not think that element would be carried over to the new location.

-photo by Ashley Gieseking

In This Issue: A Chat with The Three Kings

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013


{From left: Derek Deavers, Derek Flieg and Ryan Pinkston}


Derek Deavers, Derek Flieg and Ryan Pinkston, owners of Three Kings Public House, found their throne in the former Riddles Penultimate space on Delmar Boulevard two-and-a-half years ago. Deavers is the behind-the-scenes biz brains, Pinkston handles day-to-day operations, and Flieg stocks the bar with craft beer so popular that the pub switches three to four of its 21 tap handles on an average weekday. But there’s more than just brisk business happening at Three Kings.

Why did the three of you open a pub together?
DD: All three of us went to college together. We worked in the restaurant business there … so when this place came about…
DF: I was out of work, that’s why.
RP: I grew up down here. I always thought it would be fantastic to have a place in The Loop.

How’s being in business with friends?
DD: If you get in a fight with your business partner who’s just your business partner, animosity builds. If it’s friends or family, you just talk it out. You get mad, and the next day it’s fine.
RP: Business being good takes the stress off.
DF: I’m just easy to get along with.

How did the name Three Kings Pub come about?
RP: We kicked around a lot of names.
DF: I liked The Lion’s Gate.
RP: Falstaff’s. There was a lot of imagery. The character of Falstaff … with that being a former brewery, it didn’t really work out. The other name of Falstaff is Plumb Jack. But there’s numerous Plumb Jacks. We knew we wanted to do the pub thing. We wanted to have a crest.
DD: Flieger was surfing the Web. He found this place, Three Kings Pub, in England that had just closed down.
RP: The king imagery also [referenced] … the [University City] lions. We wanted people that live down here to realize that we realize the history. We’re a U. City Loop bar.
DF: I wanted to turn this into a hockey bar and call it the Dump & Chase, but I got nixed on the vote on that.

What’s your favorite part about being in The Loop?
RP: The Loop is getting a rebirth – Mission Taco coming in and Nico and Tavolo V. When the trolley comes in, Wash U. building [student apartments], getting a world food market down here – all those things are going to just continue to make this an area that’s really vibrant.
DD: You have the greatest collection of restaurants and bars with the best craft beer on tap. You have Cicero’s, which is one of the forefathers in this. You move down with us, Pi, Moonrise, Mission and The Good Pie going in, which really focuses on [craft beer].

What do former Riddles customers say?
RP: In the beginning, we had a lot of people that came in and asked, “Are you going to do what Riddles did?” Sometimes people walk in and, even with the sign, they’re like, “Oh, we thought we were at Riddles.”

What’s the fastest you’ve ever run out of a beer?
DF: About 2½ hours. It was a Friday night. We ran out of something. I was like, “Just throw in the Game of Thrones beer.” And then it was gone. It’s called Ommegang Iron Thrones. It’s a real top-notch brewery out of Cooperstown, NY.

Derek, what’s with the ski caps you wear?
DF: I don’t know. I’ve been wearing those for 10 years.
RP: Here’s Flieg’s M.O.: He dresses in the summer like it’s winter, and he dresses in the winter like it’s summer. We’re trying to find a Three King one for him, but he’s like No. 1 Blues fan.
DD: Every time we try to get new uniforms for him to wear, he vetoes them.

Who’s the real king?
DF: I don’t want to be the king.
RP: There are three people. We vote.

-Photo by Ashley Gieseking


Three Kings to reopen today after fire forces closure

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

090711_3kingsThree Kings Public House in The Loop experienced a kitchen fire on Monday, forcing the restaurant to close temporarily, as reported yesterday by the Riverfront Times’ Ian Froeb.

According to co-owner Ryan Pinkston, a small fire in the kitchen occurred around 12:30 p.m. on Monday. No one was injured but some cooking equipment was damaged, forcing the owners to close the restaurant as they awaited the arrival of the necessary part. According to Pinkston, the restaurant should reopen today at 5 p.m. The kitchen fire comes on the heels of a temporary power outage at Three Kings after a storm rolled through the area last Saturday. “It’s been a crazy last few days,” said Pinkston. Here’s to hoping for a smooth reopening.

Sneak Peek: Three Kings in The Loop making name for fine pub fare and brews

Friday, May 20th, 2011

052011_friesWe got a sneak peek at Three Kings Public House, the restaurant that recently opened at 6307 Delmar Blvd., in The Loop. As first reported by St. Louis Magazine’s George Mahe, the space was formerly occupied by Riddles Penultimate Cafe and Wine Bar.

Three Kings’ owners Derek Deaver, Derek Flieg and Ryan Pinkston would like to see Three Kings as an everyday neighborhood spot, not “an occasions place” as Riddles was thought of by some patrons, explained Pinkston. The evidence of this casual bent is visible on the menu and behind the bar.

While the seasonal menu is straightforward in its offering of starters, soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches and entrées, quite a few components, presentations and entire dishes keep things fresh and interesting. You’ll find prosciutto-wrapped hand-cut fries (pictured) in place of the classic french fry – little bundles of thin-cut russet potatoes, tossed in rosemary-infused olive oil then wrapped in sliced prosciutto and sprinkled with Parmesan and Italian parsley. The selection of “soups of the moment” is hardly ho-hum, too. Yesterday, customers could have chosen between potato-leek, chilled carrot-ginger with crème fraiche and mint or a vegetarian lentil. And as for the sandwiches, you’ll find a pretzel melt of provolone and caramelized onions served on house-made pretzel bread and a thick muffuletta piled high with Volpi meats, mozzarella and provolone, spread with one knockout house-made olive salad and sandwiched between bread from Vitale’s Bakery. Among the sweet endings, Jilly’s Cupcake Bar and Cafe is custom-making cupcakes for the restaurant. Currently on the menu is the Citrus Blue Moon cupcake – made with Blue Moon beer – and the Irish Car Bomb, a chocolate-Guinness cupcake with Jameson whiskey ganache and buttercream icing made with Baileys Irish Cream and Jamieson.

As for the bar, managed by partner Derek Fleig, Three Kings has 20 beers on tap. Flieg said they plan on focusing on domestic microbrews with a bent toward locally-produced craft brews. Wine drinkers shouldn’t expect the list to be as extensive as Riddles’ – after all, that was a wine bar – but they will find something to keep them content.

Check out photos of Three Kings’ food, beer and interior on our Facebook page.

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