by Nancy Stiles
Shortly after business partners Jim Edmonds and Mark Winfield announced they were re-branding Jim Edmonds 15 Steakhouse as the Precinct (1900 Locust Avenue; 314-588-8899), they also disclosed plans for a restaurant in Clayton called Edmonds Parkside Grill. As first reported by St. Louis Magazine, plans for that restaurant have fallen through in the wake of lease negotiations.
Winfield tells Gut Check that there is no bad blood, but that it just didn't make financial sense for him and Edmonds to move forward with the project.
"Financially, it was going to cost too much," Winfield says, "and for an independent restaurant, unless something changes, it just didn't make sense for my partner and I to do that." Winfield says they couldn't come to an agreement with the landlord at 8025 Bonhomme Avenue, the proposed site.
Winfield also says the reason the plans for Edmonds Parkside Grill have been scrapped is so he can focus more on their downtown venture, the Precinct. Formerly Jim Edmonds 15 Steakhouse, the Precinct re-opened in October with a police theme, as the new police headquarters will be just next door.
The Precinct's menu will be overhauled in the next two weeks, he says; it was always the plan to revisit the food after the restaurant's first three months and take feedback from customers. From now on, though, the menu will probably change twice a year. Items to look for in the next month include and ham and cheese sandwich on a glazed doughnut and a Sunday bloody-mary bar.
"We're trying to create a downtown atmosphere that residents can come in and feel like this is their pub," Winfield says. "Wash. Ave. is packed on the weekends, but it's folks that don't live downtown. We want it to be off the beaten path -- this is their pub, their restaurant."