The owners of one of St. Louis' most acclaimed restaurants have announced their next project.
Michael and Tara Gallina, who own the celebrated Vicia in the Cortex District, have purchased the beloved Winslow's Home in University City, Missouri, with plans to reopen it as a new concept: Winslow's Table.
"We’ve always wanted to have a casual, neighborhood spot where locals can return time and time again for great food in an inviting atmosphere," Tara said in a release. "This was a natural fit for us, and we are excited to give diners a superb service experience in a laid-back setting."
The Gallinas plan to stay true to the farm-to-table ethos of Winslow's Home (and of Vicia) while also bringing their own "innovative spin" to the restaurant under the direction of Michael, who will oversee the kitchen. Once the couple takes over the space in October, the restaurant will close for a few weeks while the interior is redesigned by Sasha Malinich of R/5 and Casco Architects, who also designed Vicia.
Winslow's Table will open in November and, like Winslow's Home, will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast offerings will include pastries, quiche and signature Vicia dishes like the cast-iron pancake. Lunch and dinner service will be a la carte, but the Gallinas also plan to offer their family-style Farmer’s Feast, which includes a sampling of a few popular dishes on the Vicia menu.
"With Vicia, we’ve seen how excited diners are to embrace fresh, seasonal cuisine that is sourced from our local community," Michael said. "We can’t wait to expand our reach and introduce our food to an even bigger audience in a more casual setting. Winslow’s Home has always been a place we have loved visiting with our families and we are honored to have this opportunity to make it our new home."
Fans of Vicia know that the Gallinas take their relationships with local farmers seriously, and can expect to see the same commitment to local, seasonal ingredients at Winslow's Table. The restaurant will continue to work with many of the same local farms, including Winslow's Farm, which remains under the ownership of Winslow's Home founder Ann Sheehan Lipton.
"Tara and Michael have an authentic relationship with farms and farming, between their experience at Vicia and Blue Hill [at] Stone Barns," Lipton said in a release. "While a lot of restaurants talk the talk, the Gallinas' commitment to locally produced ingredients is real. Utilizing food grown close to home has benefits beyond the consumer, the environment and the local farm economy, and has always been a part of our mission. In handing the reins to Michael and Tara, I feel comfortable in their ability to build on the hard work and dedication of so many amazing people who made us better and left their mark over the years."
The Gallinas also plan to expand the restaurant's takeaway case to include packaged dinners as well as staples from the Vicia menu including pesto, grain salads and soups. The restaurant will also serve wine, beer and cocktails all day, and also sell wine and craft beer to go. Those looking for the formal Vicia dining experience can book a private event or attend a wine dinner in the private event space at Winslow's Table.
Winslow's Table will be open Tuesday through Sunday.
Winslow's Table, 7213 Delmar Blvd., University City, Missouri