The dining room at Tony's // photo courtesy of Tony's

Tony’s will move from downtown St. Louis to Clayton

Longtime downtown fine dining staple Tony’s will move to a new location at 7620 Forsyth Blvd. in Centene Plaza in Clayton at the end of this year or in early 2021.

“Over the years, we’ve been rumored to move, and I’d say, ‘Well, would it bother you if we moved six or seven miles west?’ and I’ve never gotten negative feedback, so I’m quite comfortable with the decision,” said owner James Bommarito. “We’re really looking forward to going a little further west, where most of our guests reside.” 

The new space is about 8,000 square feet, considerably smaller than the current 13,000-square-foot space; however, that will likely go unnoticed.

“A lot of that square footage is office space, and we don’t really need that much,” Bommarito said. 

The main dining room on the first level will seat about 70, Anthony’s Bar on the second level will seat about 40, and an outdoor patio will have room for about 40 more.

“It’s going to be a beautiful, contemporary, upscale space,” he said. “We’ll have a permanent structure outside with a removable top and sides with fans and heaters out there. It hasn’t been designed yet, but it’s in the works.”

Joe Blaies, bartender at Anthony's Bar // photo by Jonathan Gayman

Patrons can expect to find their old favorites on the new menu.

“There might be some subtle changes, but I believe that our guests are very satisfied with our menu,” Bommarito said. “It covers just about everything, from prime steak to fresh seafood, lobster, chicken, shrimp. We do always have seasonal specials – about five or six items – that change every day, but the base menu will stay the same.”

As for reopening the downtown location amid the coronavirus crisis, Bommarito said, “When the mayor says we can, we’ll get the wheels turning and open up.”