Westchester, spearheaded by former Sugarfire executive chef Matthew Glickert, will open in Chesterfield this fall

A new seasonal, upscale concept will come to Chesterfield when Westchester opens this fall at 127 Chesterfield Towne Center. Matthew Glickert, formerly of Sugarfire Smoke House, Cardwell’s and BC’s Kitchen, will act as executive chef, partnering with Bryan Herr, former owner of Naked Vine, which closed during the pandemic. “Westchester’s something that we’ve been working on as a group of friends,” Glickert explained. “We always chatted about putting food in Naked Vine … but it shut down after Covid, unfortunately.” Glickert said they’re aiming to go live at the end of November.  

According to Glickert, Westchester’s menu will be “very seasonal,” and will draw on the chef’s time with Bill Cardwell at Cardwell’s. “I worked with Bill for 14 years. I started working with him when I was 15 years old,” Glickert said. “I want to bring back my knowledge of what seasonal is. I have so many good friendships with local farmers and purveyors. We’re going to be doing super seasonal.”  

After spending six years at Sugarfire, where he was voted as Chef of the Year multiple times in Sauce’s Readers’ Choice poll, Glickert is looking forward to trying something new in his own spot. “I’m excited about having another independently owned restaurant in Chesterfield, on the higher end side. I’d like to showcase a lot of nice cheese, charcuterie and salume programs around.” Much of Westchester’s components will come from local vendors.  

As for the beverage program, Westchester is consulting with Ted Kilgore, co-owner of Planter’s House, who Glickert met when doing an externship at Taste. “Ted’s going to come out and help us build the bar program,” he said. “We’re going to do some barrel-aged things, probably have six or seven cocktails on the menu.” He added that Herr will be running the wine program, which will be “huge.” 

According to Glickert, the restaurant will seat around 65. Eventually, the owners want to open a space next door for live music. “A lot of our pictures are going to be music venues,” Glickert said. “We have a space next door that we’re calling ‘phase two.’ Our ‘phase two’ is going to be live music.’”