Alumni Saint Louis (200 N. 13th Street), the Downtown West eatery named for the eternal St. Louis question about high school, has closed its doors after a five-year run.
The restaurant announced the news on its Facebook page, saying it would be closed for renovations as of May 14. In September, the post said, chef Ryan Hecht will be opening two new restaurants on site, located on the ground floor of the Park Pacific building. The same message appears on the restaurant's web site.Alumni Saint Louis opened in 2013 with noted chef Eric Brenner (best known for Moxy Bistro) at the helm. The menu featured a host of St. Louis-themed foodstuffs, from toasted ravioli to gooey butter cake, with a deck of St. Louis trivia cards on each table. Critic Evan C. Jones gave the place good marks at the RFT, but Ian Froeb wasn't so generous at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: He gave the place 1.5 stars out of four.
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