by Nancy Stiles
Walnut Grill (1386 Clarkson/Clayton Center, Ellisville; 636-220-1717) is now open. The Pittsburgh-based restaurant filled the other half of the former Chevy's space; the other side is the Crafty Chameleon. Though it's technically a chain with four Pittsburgh-area locations, owner Eric Vogel has expanded his brother Kirk's original restaurant to St. Louis.
Even with this unseasonably warm weather, it's still probably a little too cold to enjoy the 4,000-square-foot patio. The menu includes flatbreads, small plates, fresh seafood entrees, sandwiches, soups and salads and more. "Happier Hour" drink specials run from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
"I think [Walnut Grill] has a lot to offer the area. The menu's very diverse -- it covers a lot of different palates," Vogel told us in September. "You've got a carload of four people that want to go out to dinner; there's something on our menu that will probably appeal to everyone in that car. I think that's a great thing to be able to offer."
Walnut Grill is open Monday through Saturday for lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday for dinner 4 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday for dinner from 4 to 11 p.m., and Sunday for brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 3 to 9 p.m.
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