The Clover & the Bee Opens Today in Webster Groves

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PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford

From the team behind raved-about dinner destination Olive + Oak comes the Clover & the Bee (100 Lockwood Avenue), a counter-service breakfast and lunch spot in the space next door. After a few days of soft opening, it officially launches today, December 7.

One of the owners, Mark Hinkle, says the new restaurant wasn’t part of a master plan. "The success of Olive + Oak has been amazing," Hinkle says, and "we’ve been listening to customers about what else they wanted to see in Webster."

Olive + Oak is only open for dinner. And so when the space for the Clover & the Bee became available, they jumped on it as a way to serve even more diners. “Another concept is a huge challenge,” says Hinkle, “but you can put any idea in front of Jesse and she will make magic.”

"Jesse," of course, is Jesse Mendica, who is a partner and executive chef in both restaurants. Mike Risk, who has been in the kitchen at Olive + Oak since its opening, now runs the kitchen day to day at the Clover & the Bee as the executive sous chef.

Savory breakfast rolls. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • Savory breakfast rolls.
The Clover & the Bee will be offering breakfast and lunch for now, with plans to expand to dinner in 2018. The menu features coffee, tea, pastries and inventive breakfast dishes, such as an egg cup with potato-parsnip puree and pearl sugar bubble waffles.

The lunch offerings are substantial, from a roast chicken hand pie with tarragon gravy to lamb meatballs with polenta and a poached egg. Lunch options range from $7 to $15, while breakfast items run from $6 to $12. An eight-ounce house coffee is $2 and lattes and cappuccinos are $3.50.

Hinkle says creating the menu was a collaborative process, but he mostly credits his wife Jenn and his partner Greg Ortyl’s wife Becky for the space's beautiful design. While the Clover & the Bee may fall into the fast-casual restaurant category, the look and menu are both sophisticated — the space is filled with gleaming white marble, gold wire chairs and emerald velvet banquettes. Its focal point is a gorgeous graphic floral mural.

Still, says Hinkle, “At the end of the day, it’s just good cooking.”

The Clover & the Bee will be open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Scroll below for more photos.

The Clover & The Bee is located on Lockwood Avenue, next door to Olive + Oak. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • The Clover & The Bee is located on Lockwood Avenue, next door to Olive + Oak.
Attention to detail is clear; even the decorative books fit the restaurant's name. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • Attention to detail is clear; even the decorative books fit the restaurant's name.
Breakfast menu. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • Breakfast menu.
Lunch menu. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • Lunch menu.
Tea, coffee, lattes and mochas are on offer. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • Tea, coffee, lattes and mochas are on offer.
Bakery counter. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • Bakery counter.
Almondmilk latte. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • Almondmilk latte.
String lights and a floral mural give the space a romantic feel. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • String lights and a floral mural give the space a romantic feel.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story wrongly described the beautiful floral illustration on the walls of the Clover and the Bee. It is a mural, not wallpaper. We regret the error.

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