At the recently unveiled Hotel Indigo in downtown St. Louis, visitors will find a robust beverage program alongside elevated casual American cuisine at the on-premise bar and restaurant. Switch List recently debuted on the ground floor of the boutique hotel, which opened on Nov. 26.
According to director of food and beverage Kyle Little, Hotel Indigo is a branded boutique lifestyle concept by IHG or InterContinental Hotels Group. The St. Louis hotel features 88 guest rooms, with a rooftop bar – Eero’s Penthouse – coming this spring.
“What’s interesting about Hotel Indigo as a concept is that no two are alike,” Little says. “Each Hotel Indigo has its own story that is authentic to the neighborhood. Here in downtown St. Louis positioned by the ‘Gateway to the West,’ ours is a story of energy and connection and that idea of movement. You’ll see a lot of design elements that reflect those ideas.”
Mid-century modern influences permeate the interior, featuring accents inspired by Gateway Arch designer Eero Saarinen’s furniture designs such as tulip pedestals and womb chairs. Industrial touches include a laser-cut wrought iron map of downtown St. Louis.
Switch List, which gets its name from the physical document that train engineers would use to route trains to their final destinations, takes on a correspondingly classic theme. The 60-seat restaurant features an all-day dining menu including shareables, salads, entrees and more.
“We’re branding ourselves as a neighborhood dining car serving upscale Americana, or elevated comfort food classics with a slight twist,” Little says.
Small plate highlights include tempura-battered fried cauliflower with cilantro and pickled jalapeño aïoli as well as crispy Brussels sprouts with house bacon, caramelized shallots, golden raisins and miso-caramel sauce.
Handheld options include a different type of BLT featuring tomato-bacon jam, sliced avocado, pork belly, greens and roasted garlic aïoli on ciabatta, while mains include a New York strip with sweet potato puree, fresh vegetables and house steak sauce.
Bar supervisor Lexi Bean, who previously tended bar at The Preston in Chase Park Plaza, designed the craft cocktail program. Highlights include the Double D made with bourbon, amaretto, egg white and angostura bitters.
Switch List Restaurant is open daily from 7:30am to 11pm.
Switch List at Hotel Indigo, 501 Olive St., Downtown, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.732.4334, hotelindigodowntownstl.com