Ben Poremba to Open Italian Restaurant Parigi in Clayton


Bon Appétit! Parigi is Italian for Paris!

Ben Poremba, chef-owner of ElaiaOlio and Old Standard Fried Chicken, has plans to add an Italian restaurant to his collection right here in Clayton. Poremba will open early in 2016 on the first floor of the Clayton on the Park apartment building located at 8025 Bonhomme Avenue in Clayton.

The dinner menu is slated to be recognizably Italian, with a French twist added when it comes to the sauces. There will still be the classic pasta dishes, but there will also be a focus on beef and grilled meat. Poremba said there will be “sort of a bridge between American steak house (far), for lack of a better word, and classic Italian. You’ll get a protein with a sauce and share side dishes family-style.” Parigi will also have more casual menu options for a breakfast and lunch menu.

Poremba’s chef de cuisine at his current restaurant Elaia will move to Parigi and serve as the head chef. Poremba has also hired Aaron Sherman, who recently left a restaurant group on Chicago, to serve as the wine director for his restaurants.

This is the first of Poremba’s restaurants that will be in Clayton. He says he was drawn to the area as it is a center for business and draws a lot of traffic. He is hoping for a November opening of his new restaurant, and I can’t wait to try it out!


Read more about this in an article on!

7524 Cromwell Dr #3PH, Clayton 63105

Take a look at this fabulous condo just listed in Clayton!

Photographs of a penthouse condo in the Geo Building on Cromwell Drive in Clayton, Missouri for Deilmann Sothebys International Realty agent Robin Halterman.

Photographs of a penthouse condo in the Geo Building on Cromwell Drive in Clayton, Missouri for Deilmann Sothebys International Realty agent Robin Halterman.

Photographs of a penthouse condo in the Geo Building on Cromwell Drive in Clayton, Missouri for Deilmann Sothebys International Realty agent Robin Halterman.

Photographs of a penthouse condo in the Geo Building on Cromwell Drive in Clayton, Missouri for Deilmann Sothebys International Realty agent Robin Halterman.

Photographs of a penthouse condo in the Geo Building on Cromwell Drive in Clayton, Missouri for Deilmann Sothebys International Realty agent Robin Halterman.

Photographs of a penthouse condo in the Geo Building on Cromwell Drive in Clayton, Missouri for Deilmann Sothebys International Realty agent Robin Halterman.

Photographs of a penthouse condo in the Geo Building on Cromwell Drive in Clayton, Missouri for Deilmann Sothebys International Realty agent Robin Halterman.

This stunning residence incorporates gracious proportions, warm sunlight and a wonderful modern flow. With almost 3400 square feet of luxury layered with casual elegance you’ll enjoy a feeling of inspired comfort. The kitchen would tempt any Chef with it’s massive center-island, professional gas range with hood, two dishwashers, separate butler’s pantry and adjacent dining area. The master suite with a custom walk-in closet and lavish bath room with separate corner jetted tub, and enormous, glass block, rain shower is just one of four beautiful bedrooms. This home employs many distinctive attributes including a soaring coffered entry, crown moldings, exquisite light fixtures, four fireplaces, den with full bar, wine refrigerator, custom built-ins, French doors leading to each of four balconies, central vacuum, separate storage and two parking spaces. Enjoy an urban lifestyle in this Art Deco building perfectly situated on a tree lined street in Clayton near everything you love to do.


Listed by: Robin Halterman, Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty, 314-922-3339

When One Door Closes, Another Opens.


Clayton Pizzeria “Pizzino” Closing Saturday

With an average yelp score of 4.5/5, I am surprised to see it go. According to the owner, business was just not doing as well as it needed to be. Pizzino posted the following on their Facebook page Sunday morning:Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 2.26.56 PM

Many loyal customers left heartfelt comments about how sad they were to see it go. Jim Zimmerman was quoted saying, “While we have not been able to hit the revenue targets needed to continue operations we felt good pursuing this dream and we hope you enjoyed your dining experiences at Pizzino.”

Although I am sad to see it go, I hope that something else can take its spot!

Many who frequent Clayton can probably think of a few other businesses that met the same fate. What are some Clayton restaurants that you miss? Leave a comment below!

More Development in Clayton!

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New Development to 8125 Forsyth

Do you guys remember our post from last week about the beautiful new development project that has been proposed in Clayton? Well, it seems that the new development that is in the works for 8125 Forsyth is just the first stage in a new hotel, retail, residential, and entertainment project proposed for downtown Clayton. The final project, which would develop over the next few years, could come to include 230 room hotel, 62 residential units, more than 200,000 square feet of office space, restaurants, luxury, shopping, and even an ice area/amphitheater in Shaw Park!

Apogee Associates, who submitted the project to Clayton officials, stated in the proposal that this project “goes so much further to cement Clayton’s place as a destination, not just for office but a Live-Work-Play destination for generations to come.” Apogee is hoping to create a sort of “Rodeo Drive” effect with the high end shopping boutiques and luxury apartments above.

Unfortunately, at this point Apogee Associates has yet to release more detailed images of the development and what is planned. Once we know more we will be sure to share it.

See our post about Stage 1 of the project

This post was inspired by this article.

$68M, 14-Story, Office Building Proposed for Clayton!


It’s about time for some new office space in Clayton!

According to NextSTL, “Apogee Associates LLC is proposing a $68M, 14-Story, 233K sf Class A office building at 8125 Forsyth in downtown Clayton.”  At this point, there is still a lot of speculation on what will actually end up happening. But I am excited to see what come of it. The location that it is slated to be constructed at is currently the location of a vacant, two-story office building. The tenants left a few years back because of previous speculation for development. At this point it is not known what businesses plan to use the office space, as it has not been made public knowledge. However, we do know that this building will be strictly office space at this point as the plans do not show any retail space. Unlike the new building going up at the corner of Maryland and Gay avenue where a multi-story mixed condo/retail space is being constructed (click here to see my previous post on this).

8125 Forsyth to be the spot of the replacement 14 story building


For more information and a detailed account of this story, please visit NextSTL here!

New $55 Million Development!

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The corner of Maryland and Gay, which once was a part of the Brown Shoe Complex, will soon be the home to a new $55 million dollar project from Covington Development. The city has approved the project to build a five-story mixed use building which will become known as The Vanguard. The Vanguard will include some 225 luxury condo units as well as many high-end boutique retail shops. These types of “mixed use” buildings which includes both residential and commercial space are becoming much more popular in the Chicago and NYC markets, and now right here in St. Louis. The project is beginning this summer and should be completed by 2017! Take a look at the progress of the demolition below. Check back in the future for a post on its progress!

Clayton has torn down a lot of its wonderful midcentury buildings. The one that was torn down here was just a bad 80’s-90’s office building, so I don’t see it as much of a loss. Clayton has not had a new condo development in many years, it will be exciting to have new, fresh condo inventory to sell!


Covington Development also recently completed the new ‘West Pine Lofts‘ in the central west end near SLU.






801 Fish is now open at 172 Carondelet Plaza in Clayton. The location is just across the street from its steakhouse sibling 801 Chophouse, which the Des Moines, Iowa-based 801 Restaurant Group opened in late December 2013.

The second location of this seafood-focused concept to debut — the first was in Leawood, Kan., a Kansas City suburb — 801 Fish offers a menu of upscale fare: a raw bar, crudo, crab cakes, lobster rolls, cioppino and more.

801 Fish is open for dinner Monday through Saturday. Lunch service begins Tuesday (Nov. 23) and will be available Monday through Friday. Sunday brunch service begins Jan. 3. The phone number is 314-875-9636.

801 Fish is located at:


Article aggregated from here and here.

St. Louis restaurants we wish would come back


The Lettuce Leaf

Some St. Louisans say that the Lettuce Leaf was a brilliant idea, but just ahead of its time.

Founded in 1976 in Clayton, the Lettuce Leaf was the creation of SLU professor William Saigh and his wife, Christine.

Salads as entrees was a new idea to St. Louis, but the business worked and they opened three more St. Louis area stores and one in Kansas City. In 1991, the Saighs sold the business to some employees.


The Parkmoor

Before the Parkmoor closed for good in 1999, regulars and some newcomers descended on the Clayton Road and Big Bend Boulevard landmark one last time.

They dined on Kingburgers and onion rings and dreamed of the day the restaurant might be rejuvenated, as owner Lou Ellen McGinley talked about.

Alas, it didn’t happen. And now, the site of the old Parkmoor is just another Walgreens.


Content aggregated from here.

Caleres… What happened to Brown Shoe Company?

If you have driven down Maryland Avenue in Clayton recently you may have noticed some construction happening and the disappearance of the “Brown Shoe” name. After also doing a google search I found the video above. The CEO, Diane Sullivan explains the change in brand name to Caleres. Keeping their 136 years of success in mind, all the while adapting to the new marketplace.

When I stopped by I also noticed a fantastic new sculpture by architecht Saunders Schultz.




Click here to read more about the rebranding! 

Development Planned for Vacant Hanley-Clayton Road Site



“Vacant for nearly two decades, the prominent corner of Clayton and Hanley Roads may finally be redeveloped. Planned is more than 500Ksf of retail, including a grocer, more than 40Ksf of office space, and as many as 291 residential units.”

I remember hearing of a proposal for something similar back in 2009. Unfortunately, nothing ever came of it. I think it would be a great way to fill the vacant site and bring new amenities to the area. From what I have been hearing this time around, I think that it will become a reality. 

Some people are saying that Clayton could become the new “Downtown” of St Louis, what is your take on this? (Link to original article discussing this in depth)