by Nancy Stiles
Melt (2712 Cherokee Street; 314-771-6358) is known for its savory and sweet waffles, but when it moved to bigger digs from Carondelet to Cherokee, it expanded its menu and entertainment. Now bar manager Luc Michalski is relaunching the cocktail menu and increasing focus on dinner dishes.
"When i came in, the bar program was kinda sagging. I had come from the classic cocktail side of things and wanted to bring in some aspects of that while keeping it accessible and affordable," Michalski tells us. "I brought in tons of new beers and spirits, and added my own cocktail list. I wanted to make sure people had something interesting and delicious to drink while they were here, something done the right way."
For food, Michalski says it was a matter of making popular specials available more often and customer requests for no-brainers like chicken and waffles. The team wanted to make room for new ideas and change items seasonally.
Cocktails, beers and spirits also have a wider range now, both in quality and price. You can get cheap whiskey or a local craft beer, or, something more unique if you know to ask.
"A lot of people are excited to see even the more familiar products, craft brews, etc., and a lot of people have been real excited to try things they haven't before," Michalski says. "You can get rail whiskey and a Hamm's or you can get a Belgian golden blonde or Russian imperial stout and a peaty scotch or a 'farm to glass' Missouri whiskey. It's a very diverse program, and that's what i like about it."
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