Josh Galliano, executive chef at Monarch
Saturday, May 30, was the final service for several weeks at Monarch
(7401 Manchester Road; 314-644-3995). The restaurant is now closed for renovations. Unlike many restaurants that close "for renovations" but are never heard from again, Monarch is serious.
The most significant changes will occur in the bar area, which will feature a new look (including a space for live music) and a new menu.
This new bar menu will draw from the New Orleans roots of executive chef Josh Galliano
, a semifinalist for "Best Chef - Midwest" in this year's James Beard Foundation Awards and Riverfront Times
' reigning Best Local Chef
Robin Wheeler described those roots in her Chef's Choice profile of Galliano
Galliano grew up eating a variety of good food. He spent time in
Mississippi at his maternal grandparents' fish camp, where it was all
about fish fries and huge country breakfasts complemented with fig
preserves and scuppernog jelly, made from fruit picked by the kids. His
dad's Sicilian and New Orleans heritage brought a mix of local
favorites like tasso along with Aunt Mary's stuffed artichokes. He
learned the perks of local food early and continues that education.
Galliano also worked at two of New Orleans' most famous restaurants, John Besh's Restaurant August
and Commander's Palace
Fans of Galliano's upscale fare needn't worry, the dining room menu will return when Monarch does. The restaurant projects a late July or early August reopening.