CWE's West End Grill & Pub and Mandarin Lounge will soon close


West End Grill & Pub at 354 N. Boyle Ave. in the Central West End will soon be sold and will reopen with a new concept and name.


The restaurant owners made the announcement in a release:


“It is with truly mixed feelings that the West End Grill and Pub announces it will be sold in the coming weeks to a new ownership group. While we are sad to be leaving a restaurant that was borne of, and has become part of, our soul, we are equally excited for the future of this great CWE space! The new owners, who would like to remain unnamed until all the details have been finalized, will spend several weeks doing a refresh. They will reopen with a new name, an updated look and a new menu created by an enormously talented chef-owner. The future looks very bright for this part of the CWE, and we urge you to show the new operators the same love and loyalty you were kind enough to share with us for the last ten years.


We will close our doors after dinner and bar service this Saturday, Jan. 12. We’d like to invite you in to bid us farewell any night between now and then. Thank you for being such a wonderful part of our lives, and I’m sure we’ll see many of you in the future!”


In the last year, the restaurant has changed executive chefs twice. From April to October, Liz Schuster of Tenacious Eats helmed the kitchen. Since Schuster’s departure, Matt Duffin has served in that position.


The closure is the second Central West End shuttering announced this week. As reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Mandarin Lounge at 44 Maryland Ave. will close on Fri., Jan. 18. Mandarin’s owners have not returned a request for comment on the closure.


Matt Sorrell is a staff writer at Sauce Magazine.