A St. Louis favorite is coming back under new ownership.
Todd Tiefenauer will reopen Quincy Street Bistro in the Princeton Heights neighborhood this fall, as first reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Tiefenauer has been working in kitchens since he was 16 and, after working for several restaurant chains, decided that COVID-19 was the time to make the jump and open his own place.
"It's always been a dream of mine," he says. "What really kicked it into gear this year, surprisingly, would be COVID."
Tiefenauer says that during this time, he grew uncomfortable having a large company dictate whether he or his employees would be working.
"I felt it would be a great time to be able to take that power back and have control of my own life, and in doing so be able to help some of the people that have worked for me over the years," he says.
When Tiefenauer originally found the Quincy Street Bistro space, his initial plan was a complete overhaul, including a new name. But the more that he looked into it, he realized that the legacy and community built around the restaurant was something that fit his own vision. And he says that, so far, the reaction has been positive.
"A lot of people are excited to see it open," he says.
The menu will be a casual one with an array of burgers, sandwiches, salads and sides, but it will be rolled out in two different phases. Because of pandemic-related capacity restrictions, Tiefenauer plans to open with a smaller menu – and a smaller staff – and introduce more entrees as he is able to bring more people onto his team.
"We want to keep it simple, make it quick and not overly complicated," he says.
One thing that diners can definitely expect to see on the menu is some sort of bread pudding. It's a personal obsession for Tiefenauer, and there was also a version available at the restaurant's previous iteration.
"Since I left my last job, I actually have been testing bread pudding recipes like crazy trying to find the right one," Tiefenauer says.
Quincy Street Bistro is slated to open in late October or early November.
Quincy Street Bistro, 6931 Gravois Ave., Princeton Heights, Missouri