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Ben Poremba to Open Nixta in Former Old Standard Space
ST. LOUIS

Ben Poremba to Open Nixta in Former Old Standard Space

A new concept is slated to open soon in the former home of Old Standard Fried Chicken.

Ben Poremba (of Elaia, Olio, Parigi and La Patisserie Chouquette, which he co-owns with pastry chef Simone Faure) has announced plans to open Nixta in the former chicken shack, which closed July 31. The news was first reported in Food & Wine magazine.

In a decidedly different turn from Old Standard, Nixta will serve what Poremba describes as "elevated Mexican food." Poremba says the dishes are "rooted in the rich traditions of Mexican food, while also celebrating seasonal ingredients and contemporary techniques."

Heading up the kitchen will be executive chef Tello Carreon, who started working with Poremba as a prep cook at Olio across the street. A native of Guanajuato, Mexico, Carreon's influence on the menu shines in details like the tortillas, which are made in house with discarded cauliflower stems rather than the traditional masa.

Nixta Tuna Tostada

Tuna tostada with white soy, aji amarillo, avocado, pickled vegetables and spicy mayonnaise.

Starters at Nixta include dishes like pepita guacamole; tlayuda (cracker flatbread, carrot-coriander salsa, burrata, seeds); tuna tostada with sugar snap peas, avocado, lime-white shoyu glaze and chile mayo and mushroom-spinach flautas with three cheeses and crema de hongos.

Larger plates include sturgeon fajitas with esquites (Mexican street corn), parsnips and cashew-black lime salsa; pollo empinado (pineapple-braised chicken) with arroz curcuma and mole negro with braised beef cheeks. Bistecca de borrego is a shareable roasted saddle of lamb with Guanajuato-style refried beans.

The space itself will feature a playful pink, green and electric blue color scheme – a stark contrast to the muted wood tones at Old Standard. A portion of the space will be home to Bar Limón, curated by Layla Linehan (formerly of Brasserie by Niche). The bar program will focuses on rum, tequila, mescal, pisco, and cachaca.

Nixta will softly open its doors Fri., Nov. 11. Later that month, Poremba plans to host his first pop up to test menu items for an upcoming Jewish deli.

Nixta will be open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 10pm. A late-night menu will be served from 10pm to midnight. 

Nixta, 1621 Tower Grove Ave., Botanical Heights, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.899.9000, nixtastl.com

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