Taha'a Twisted Tiki (4199 Manchester Avenue; 314-202-8300) opened in the Grove in December 2013, the third restaurant for Lucas and Derek Gamlin of Gamlin Restaurant Group. Like Sub Zero Vodka Bar and Gamlin Whiskey House, Taha'a's cocktails focus on one spirit -- rum -- and unlike those two, has all the decor the name might suggest. However, the Gamlins announced that they are "turning over the reins to the team of shareholders."
The company Kremlin LLC, led by Steve Blome now own and operated Taha'a. It's unclear whether this was the plan for the beginning, but the Gamlins said in a statement that it's been a learning experience.
Taha'a was met with mixed reviews last summer -- we loved the cocktails, and the rooftop bar is perfect for the warmer months. However, the food felt like an afterthought; Blome did not immediately respond to comment, so we don't know what, if any, changes will be made.
"Steve and our other partners with Taha'a were new to the restaurant business and needed a guiding hand in learning more about the industry. Our goal was to help them learn the ins and out of operating a restaurant, and we were excited to expand into the vibrant Grove neighborhood," Lucas Gamlin said. "We have had a great first year, and the team has learned a lot. We have also seen tremendous growth in the neighborhood with the addition of Urban Chestnut, and numerous other businesses. We hope Taha'a will continue to contribute to this neighborhood success."
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