The Scoop: Weber Grill Restaurant set to take over former BlackFinn spot at The Galleria

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Weber Grill Restaurant is coming to St. Louis. The Chicago-based company recently announced plans to open its fifth location in early October in 9,000-square-feet of the space formerly occupied by BlackFinn American Grille at the Saint Louis Galleria in Brentwood.

“St. Louis became our top choice based on the culinary traditions, casual dining lifestyle, affinity for patio dining and love for great barbecue and grilling,” restaurant president R. Bryan Gerrish said in a press release. “We love the central location of the Saint Louis Galleria, as well as the strong mall traffic, ease of parking and variety of shopping, dining and entertainment that it offers.”

The 200-seat restaurant will include 130 outdoor patio seats and offer dine-in and carryout options. Diners can enjoy starters, salads and pizzas and choose from an assortment of steaks, burgers, seafood and classic barbecue options, all prepared on Weber charcoal kettle grills. An extensive wine list will also be offered, including a handful of local craft beer selections.

Meghan Parra, Weber Grill Restaurant sales and marketing director, said the restaurant will also feature a grill academy, which will function as an interactive, hands-on grilling facility. “We plan on offering grilling classes for public and private events and providing interactive dining nights for guests,” Parra said. “We will be keeping the area active every day.” Weber Grill Restaurants’ other locations currently offer both hands-on and demonstration-style classes ranging from $45 to $85.