by Ian Froeb
The Block is a four-month-old restaurant on Lockwood Avenue in Webster Groves. It's also a double entendre. Management has branded this venture as a "neighborhood establishment," said neighborhood being Old Webster. The other side of the pun, of course, is the butcher block, and as surely as function follows form, the Block cuts its meat in-house (which is not all that unusual) and will wrap those cuts in butcher paper and sell 'em to you to tote home and cook for yourself (which is).
To my surprise, I found the Block's "neighborhood" aspect to be the more intriguing of its dual manifestations.