FoodWire: The Return of Balaban's


Well, this one caught me by surprise: Central West End institution Balaban's is being reborn in (wait for it...) Chesterfield as (wait, again, for it) Balaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar. The new Balaban's will be located at 1772 Clarkson Road, in a Dierberg's shopping center. The Balaban's website predicts a November opening. Steve McIntyre, who bought the original Balaban's from Herbie Balaban in 1986 and owned it for most of the next twenty years before selling to Brendan Marsden and Harlee Sorkin in late 2006, is behind the new Balaban's.

From the restaurant's website:
In the spirit and tradition of the original legendary café -- the inviting atmosphere, the world class wine list, the beloved bistro inspired recipes -- Balaban's lives as a wine cellar stocked with signature vintages and as a tapas bar infused with the tastes and aromas of Balaban's original café recipes.
Of course, the original Balaban's location reopened late last year as Herbie's Vintage 72 under the stewardship of Monarch co-owners Aaron Teitelbaum and Jeff Orbin, which resurrection just earned that restaurant Best Comeback in the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2009.

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