Lester's Tavern Coming to the Central West End


Lester Miller, the Ladue impresario behind the (now shuttered) Busch's Grove restaurant, has set his sights on the Central West End.

City records show that a limited liability company controlled by Miller, Lester's Tavern LLC, has applied for a liquor license at 4651-53 Maryland Avenue -- the vacant space just east of Brennan's and the Saint Louis Chess Club.

A spokesman for Miller confirmed that the company is looking to open a tavern very similar Lester's Sports Bar & Grill, the concept that Miller premiered in Ladue in 2007. (It's since expanded to include a location in Chesterfield.)
Speaking on behalf of the restaurant, Pedro Beltranena said it was too soon to discuss specifics, but confirmed that the application for a liquor license is being processed, as are new plans for the storefront's facade. He said that Lester's Tavern would likely be a similar concept to Lester's Sports Bar & Grill, but that nothing was "in the bag yet."

The hearing for the restaurant's liquor license is scheduled for September 9 at 2 p.m. at St. Louis City Hall. Considering all the boozy options on the same block -- from Culpepper's to Drunken Fish to Sub Zero Vodka Bar -- it's hard to imagine anyone in the Central West End will be objecting.

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