Quincy Street Bistro recently reopened under new ownership in Princeton Heights. The casual neighborhood eatery debuted its comfort food menu on Nov. 6.
As reported by Feast in September, the revitalized restaurant is owned by Todd Tiefenauer. Tiefenauer originally planned on a complete overhaul but decided to keep the name after learning about its legacy and realizing how much it aligned with his own vision for the concept. The original Quincy Street Bistro closed its doors in 2018 after nearly eight years in business.
Tiefenauer brings a long resume of 30 years in the food industry to the table with his first independent undertaking, recently serving in management for chains including Houlihan’s. He hired Dakota Kolb to serve as executive chef. Kolb previously worked under chef Rick Lewis at the original iteration of Quincy Street Bistro, eventually serving as its sous chef. His homecoming coincides with the rollout of a brand-new menu of comforting fare.
“Our tagline is ‘comfort food for every mood,’” Tiefenauer says. “We’re hoping to offer things that you have fond memories of with our own spin. To me, bistro food is always quick, simple and unpretentious. That’s what I tell Chef when we’re talking about new items.”
The introductory offerings were designed with carryout versatility in mind, including highlights such as a Buffalo chicken mac ’n’ cheese. The dish features a creamy blend of Cheddar, Monterey Jack and blue cheeses with celery and Buffalo sauce, topped with grilled chicken.
Items inspired by the original Quincy Street Bistro menu include a BLT with applewood bacon, fried green tomatoes, spring mix and Sriracha mayonnaise on a toasted French roll. Half-pound bistro burgers include an option from Tiefenauer’s time at the now-shuttered Big Bear Grill. The Arnie burger, named to memorialize the restaurant’s owner, comes with garlic cream cheese spread, applewood bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle.
Bread pudding is another signature of the menu. The house version features glazed donuts, Sailor Jerry spiced rum, caramel and whipped cream. Seasonal options include a s’mores bread pudding with graham cracker, toasted marshmallow and chocolate. A liquor license is currently pending for the business.
The approximately 3,800-square-foot space features a bar and two levels of dining rooms. Between exposed brick walls, visitors will find Tiefenauer’s personal collection of artwork including charitable pieces from zoos he enjoys supporting across the country as well as his own photography.
“I can’t wait to share our food, the décor and the stories behind it,” Tiefenauer says. “I could talk about food all day and animals all day. For me, it’s the best of both worlds.”
Quincy Street Bistro is currently open for carryout and limited dine-in services Tuesday through Thursday from 11am to 8pm as well as Friday through Saturday from 11am to 9pm. Online ordering is available, and delivery via third-party services is coming soon.
Quincy Street Bistro, 6931 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, Missouri, 314.696.2269, quincystbistro.com