The menu at Restaurant Iris blends English's Louisiana background with the contemporary interest in local, sustainable produce and a sense of playfulness. While English concedes that his restaurants will always reflect his personality, he says, "The real purpose is to play to the diners. There's nothing I won't do for a guest. We're going to go and give people the best experience we can."
As for splitting time between Memphis and his new project, English foresees being in St. Louis "as much as my car will allow me."
"We're going to get to know the farmers in the area," he says, adding that one of his purveyors at Restaurant Iris is Newman Farm, which raises heritage-breed pork in Myrtle, Missouri. "We're going to take as much as the soil can give us."