In South City’s Crown District, a new neighborhood bar will soon come to life inside an extensively restored Art Deco space with features including a campground-themed patio and a sizable taxidermy collection. The quirky environs at The Golden Hoosier will coincide with a robust bar program and fare that ranges from St. Louis classics to creative pub food from a continental perspective.
The concept, which is tentatively slated to open in May, comes from brothers Ivan and Berto Garcia, who own real-estate firm Garcia Properties. The duo works with executive chef Colleen Clawson – of Milque Toast Bar, Babi Xavi and Nourish STL – and general manager Amanda Gaines to bring their first bar and restaurant to fruition.
The Golden Hoosier, named as an homage to Ivan’s father-in-law, fills the space previously occupied by Southtown Pub. The space includes three bars across first- and second-story dining areas and a spacious patio.
“It’s all your South City favorites with a twist. I have a one-pound Duroc pork steak on the menu, for example, but I’m also bringing in something from my neighborhood up in North City.” Clawson says. “My version of a dish called the Superman Potato consists of a baked potato topped with Tillamook Cheddar fondue, charred peppers and onions, sour cream, green onion and your choice of shrimp, chicken or steak.”
Additional highlights from Clawson’s food menu include a dish she traveled to Portugal to research and then later develop her own version of: The Little Frenchie. The sandwich comes with ham, andouille and sirloin steak smothered in a tomato port wine beer sauce and topped with melty cheese and an egg.
A couple of dishes from Clawson’s pop-up concept, Baba Xavi, also made it into the mix, such as her smoked tandoori wings, featuring whole chicken wings, tandoori spice, smoked paprika, mango pickle, mango purée, fenugreek and banana peppers.
Gaines, who previously managed the bar at Baba Xavi, developed the beverage program for The Golden Hoosier, which includes her take on classic cocktails. The Daiquiri, for instance, is made up of Plantation 3-Star Rum, Lazzaroni Amaretto, fresh lime juice, Giffard Orgeat syrup, shaved ice, flower, amaretto cherry and almond slivers.
The beverage list will also include options such as the Backwoods Barbie Flight with baby Busch beer, Cazadores blanco and reposado tequilas and pomegranate-agave liqueur.
“I think this place is an homage to important St. Louis cultural ideas,” Clawson says. “I really hope that people who come here can experience the beauty of the space and then feel excited about what they’re eating and drinking – like yes, I’ve had this, but I’ve never had it that way before.”
The Golden Hoosier, 3707 S. Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri, thegoldenhoosier.com