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First Look: Lemmons in South City

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

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Lemmons in South City has been known for many things over the years, from fried chicken to pizza to live music. Today, May 24, the space reopens as Lemmons by Grbic, soon to be known for Balkan-American cuisine and cold beer.

As The Scoop reported in August 2014, Grbic family, known for Grbic Restaurant, bought the building at 5800 Gravois Ave., nearly three years ago. Chef Senada Grbic said her father, Sulejman Grbic, initially had plans to reinvent Lemmons as a sports bar, but soon changed course.

The result was a complete gut rehab of the building. “There’s not an original electrical wire left,” Senada Grbic said, adding that the only appointment former Lemmons patrons will likely recognize are the exposed brick walls.

The interior is eclectic, owing to the different tastes of the three Grbic siblings, who were let loose to handle the decor: Erna, who employs a modern sensibility; Ermin, who favors a more industrial vibe; and Senada, who tends toward farmhouse chic. Appointments range from old school graffiti to light fixtures hanging from knotted ropes to an eclectic array of collectible salt-and-pepper shakers on the tables.

The menu features what Grbic describes as Balkan-American fusion. Some dishes are more traditionally American, like the smoked chicken wings, while others include a distinctive Balkan influence, like Babo’s flatbread, which features grilled chicken and an ajvar spread made with roasted peppers and eggplant.

Grbic said Lemmons aims to maintain its reputation as a neighborhood place where everyone is welcome. “It’s about giving something to everyone,” she said.

Lemmons opens tonight at 4 p.m. Regular business hours will Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

 

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Matt Sorrell is staff writer for Sauce Magazine. 

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Thursday, May 18th, 2017

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{ fried chicken at Lemmons by Grbic } 

 

An old favorite is getting a new lease on life, thanks to the folks behind Grbic Restaurant. Lemmons by Grbic is slated to open on Wednesday, May 24, at 5800 Gravois Ave.

The popular South City bar and music joint closed doors in June 2014 after 12 years in business. As The Scoop reported later that year, the Grbic family bought the building in August and embarked on an extensive gut rehab. The new space has 99 seats, a full-service bar and plenty of TVs.

According to Senada Grbic, who also helms the kitchen, the total investment in the building is just less than $1 million.

“It’s your friendly neighborhood sort of place,” Grbic said. “As far as the food goes, I’m going to do a short, simple menu, things that I love to eat and I know other people love to eat.”

Grbic said she’s excited for the chance to be a bit more creative with the cuisine at Lemmons, which she refers to as “American cuisine with a Balkan fusion.”

Take the 50/50 burger. Because many people from the Balkans don’t eat pork, Grbic uses equal parts ground beef and ground beef bacon, which Grbic said has a similar texture to pork bacon. The burger is topped with provolone and a fried egg seasoned with vegeta, a traditional Balkan spice blend.

Grbic said for the first few weeks, Lemmons by Grbic will only be open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday, but lunch service will soon follow.

Photo courtesy of Lemmons by Grbic

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Thursday, January 15th, 2015

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{From left, Erna, Ermin and Senada Grbic}

 

Three South St. Louis siblings cooked up a recipe for success during their Jan. 11 appearance on The Food Network. Senada, Erna and Ermin Grbic of Grbic Restaurant won Guy’s Grocery Games, a culinary competition hosted by network personality Guy Fieri. The Grbic clan bested three other families from around the country to win a $10,000 cash prize. They also advanced to an additional round for a chance to win a final $20,000 shopping spree.

According to Ermin Grbic, Grbic’s restaurant manager, the family was recommended for the show and went through rounds of interviews before making it onto the program, which he described as an “unreal” experience.

“After you get in the zone you don’t even notice the lights or camera people,” he said. “It’s just like being in the kitchen with my siblings, just working together like we always do.”

The siblings will use their winnings to send their parents on vacation and to reinvest the money back into their South City restaurant, which taps the family’s Bosnian roots to create its popular Eastern European cuisine.

The Grbics are also in the process of opening a new restaurant concept; they recently purchased the building that once housed Lemmons, which they plan on reopening in the summer as a sports bar. Senada Grbic said the new space will honor its former  in both name and menu; they plan to call the space Lemmons or Lemmons by Grbic. “I’m hoping to do the menu sort of like the original Lemmons with more of a modern fusion,” Senada Grbic said. “We don’t want to mess with the history of the place.”

 

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